The current issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine focuses on agents and includes articles that get you excited about your writing dreams. In fact, every WD issue has that effect on me, as I’m sure it does for millions of other writers. If you don’t have this magazine in your writer’s toolbox, then you are missing out on a great resource.
In this issue, the article that is most helpful to me is “Your Future Agent’s Wish List: How to Be On It.”
(Click here to learn about the literary agent.)
New writers like you and me may still be working to complete a polished manuscript. But should we wait to learn about the ins and outs of the book business until after we spark interest in our work? Not according to the publishing experts.
You want to be knowledgeable and active now.
This helpful Writer’s Digest article lists five areas that agents focus on when it comes to their taking interest in a writer. If you focus on them, too, then you’ll have a head start on hundreds of other writers who will also be pitching their work to the same agent.
You’ll be the one who is well prepared. And, according to this article, that can make you the one writer who catches the agent’s eye.
I want to be that writer. Don’t you?
Kimiko Nakamura is an agent with Dee Mura Literary and she wrote the article for Writer’s Digest. She gives us five areas of focus:
Giving these areas your attention and care can help you be the diamond that shines and gets pulled out of the slush pile.
I’m going to dig deeper into these five areas and share with you what I learn over the next few months — one area at a time.
How do literary agents determine which writers are ready for representation? Nakamura says they’re the writers who handle these areas like professionals — and, of course, they’re accompanied by a great piece of writing.
Great writing + Professionalism = Agent’s Interest
Are you ready to get ready? Then stay tuned — the series begins soon!