How to find an Agent for your BookTo find an agent for your book
You' ve chosen to want an agent. Next is to find a big one that not only sells your children's book to a publishing company, but is also ethically sound, takes the necessary amount of valuable resources to present your work in the best possible way, and with whom you can build a long-term alliance.
Remember that operatives are in trade to make a living. That means they are very particular about the writers they want to work with. Each year, many of our consultancies get tens of thousand requests, suggestions and scripts from aspiring writers; they inevitably refuse many more of them. When an agent rejects you, don't let this refusal stop you - either hand in your paper to another agent or consider submission directly to a publishing house.
Writers who are satisfied with their agent are usually very willing to direct you to them. So, next chat with a children's book writer, ask him who his agent is, if he is satisfied with it, and if he can give you an intro.
When you don't know any children's book writers, consider other ways to get recommendations. Have you got a boyfriend, relatives or acquaintances who already works with a good Frahlingur? Do you visit online platforms where information about your children's experience in the publication of books is shared? Do you ever take part in write shops run by accomplished writers of children's books?
When yes, contact the person you are meeting who already has an agent they use. Although they could run a small ad in a writer's periodical back, it is unlikely that you will see the face of a compound on a country road notice board or in a TV ad. Instead, agents are relying on verbal propaganda and their own recruitment effort to attract new writers.
When you do not know any agent in person, or when you cannot get recommendations to an agent, you need to do some research using on-line lists of agencies or printing capabilities. In these lists you will find the name of agencies and agencies, contact details, telephone numbers and details of what kind of book the company specialises in.
Please note: The Society of Children's Bookists and Illustrators provides its members with a full listing of agent resources. Sometimes an agent participates in a conference or workshop to find new talents - some of them are even sponsored by an agency. Since the new talented person can very well be yourself, you should consider participating in authoring meetings to meet with an agent.
This increases your chance of locating a good agent at a conference: View the agenda of authoring conferences or workshops and the list of participants to see if there will be an agent. Remember your pitches and take a few minutes of your script with you. While it is very unlikely that an agent at the meeting or work shop will ask for a copy (unless you prepaid for a script or consulting portfolio), you never know.
It is often the case that an agent who attends a meeting or workshop is very common, so it can be difficult to get in a tight spot. You can lead round table debates or give a presentation and be suggested by other potential writers. To get a glimpse of the contest, please email the agent before the meeting to let her know that you are looking forward to a moment of her free moment to present yourself.
Have patience, be courteous, but be stubborn - at some point you will have a chance to make youritch.