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Find your agent in the back of a novel …

Want to find the writing agent that got your favorite book published? Read the acknowledgment page at the back of the novel. Why?

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Image courtesy of adamr at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s often more reliable than a Google search to find the name of a specific author’s agent.

If you’re on the hunt for a writing agent for yourself and trying to decide who to submit to, pick up novels in your genre and flip to the acknowledgements. This is where authors give kudos to their agent, by name — and to their editor, and to who at the publishing house they like best.

Even if it doesn’t lead you to a signed contract, reading the acknowledgement page is a golden way to get a hint at who’s currently hot in the industry, what they’re doing, who they work with or like, and if they could be interested in your genre or style of writing.

Write the names down. Store them up. Google them. Find out if they’re accepting submissions. And if you get chat time with them, let them know you liked their client’s book.

Joy Cowley

“I sent away nearly 50 stories before the first one was published.”

Master storyteller Joy Cowley joins me for a Q&A on a career that has spanned over six decades with work covering the gamut of the written word.

The Silk, Clare Burgess, Joy Cowley, Nathalie Boltt (photo courtesy of Nathalie Boltt)
The Silk, Clare Burgess, Joy Cowley, Nathalie Boltt (photo courtesy of Nathalie Boltt)

Read our interview here and find out why Joy doesn’t submit a story for publication until she’s “fallen out of love with it.”

 

Albert Einstein was on to something…

Albert Einstein was on to something when he made the following remarks, and while I wouldn’t say I see eye-to-eye with Einstein on all issues that he’s been quoted addressing, the following struck me as poignant for anyone cycling the pedals toward their ambitions.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

So true! As a writer I get myself into a routine, and on a roll putting down a thousand plus words a day. Then life interrupts or I “reward” myself with one day of procrastination. Suddenly I’m falling over and can’t get the wheels turning and the story moving again.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

This reminds me of the first fantasy I ever attempted to write. I got stuck trying to decide how I wanted chapter 1 to be, so I kept rewriting the first few scenes over and over waiting for the right opening to magically “click.” I ended up with 50+ ways to start the story that led to 100 different ways for the story to unfold. There was no magic “one” because any number of them could have worked. Writing new openings just because the last one didn’t “wow” me wasn’t getting me closer to success but closer to the strait jacket.

With a more recent fantasy novel (that happens to be book two in the series I’m working on now), I also got stuck at the beginning — until I quit with insanity, worked out where the source of my roadblock was, threw in a new character and voila! (The opening of that book has me psyched!)

Want a different result? Don’t do the same thing you did last time.

Last but not least from Einstein:

“As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.”

Please tell me I’m not the only one that finds the more answers you come by, the more questions arise.

…But now that I think about it, what a great way to up the suspense for your book/screenplay’s protagonist. What could be worse than finding the answer you’ve been bleeding yourself to find, comes with the baggage of twenty more questions?

Your turn. What quotes reverberate with your inner artist on this journey of perseverance? Or how do the above quotes resonate with you?