Friday, May 11, 2012

O Agent, Where Art Thou?

Debbie Ridpath Ohi's Will Write for Chocolate

With some solid critique advice from several trusted SCBWI members and my own CP, I have made Redbird at Her Window sparkle. Here's what I've accomplished in the past two weeks:

~Picture book ms critiqued & polished...check.
~Satisfying query + hook + personalized each letter per agent...check.
~Researched literary agent bios and submission guidelines...check.
~Submitted queries + text to a few hand-picked agents...check.


Oh, Agent! Where art thou? I know, sit back and wait. But, while I'm waiting, I'll work on the other two manuscripts that are near completion. Woot! 

Wanted to share...

For all of you writers who specialize in children's, picture books through YA, have I got a treat for you! In my research, I came across an excellent source for literary agents who take picture books. Author, Heather Ayris Burnell has done a splendid job of gathering a Monster List of Picture Book Agents.

She has a few fabulous agent interviews on her blog, too. Most of the agents on her list are accepting queries at this time. Many also specialize in all children's books, not just picture books.

I hope you find the information useful. If so, please let Heather know how much you appreciate her hard work by visiting her blog.

17 comments:

  1. Hope you find a great one! And if that doesn't work out, attack publishers next.

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  2. I am SO PROUD OF YOU, Candy!!!
    May your response times be swift and the results positive. ^_^
    Thanks for the link. I'll share it with my PB peeps.

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  3. Oh yay for querying! Good luck my dear!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Alex!! I have two publishers picked out that still take queries from authors. Will do!

      Angelina, Thank you!!!

      Cassie Mae, It took me weeks to finalize my list and get my query perfected!! Thanks!

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  4. Querying can be a true roller-coaster! I wish you the greatest luck in finding the right agent. Be selective and don't jump at the first one who asks to sign you up. Investigate the agent on the web.

    Thanks for posting the link to THE RIVAL. BEST OF ENEMIES is nearly ready for publication. It is my AVENGERS-style novel where all my heroes fight to prevent the End of Days in post Katrina New Orleans: Wolf Howl, Toomey Starks, Hibbs the bear with two shadows, Samuel McCord, Father Renfield, and Alice Wentworth ... even the will O wisp shade of Victor Standish gets into the act.
    Happy Mother's Day, Candy! Roland

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    1. Aww, thank you, Roland!! Mother's Day was spectacular. :)) Congrats on your new novel coming out! Boy, you sure are positive about my replies back from agents. I hope it goes that well!!

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  5. Hi Candy,
    Wishing you all the best with your queries! May the best agent win. :)
    I love the 'Will Write For Chocolate' strip. So true.

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  6. Oh my gosh! Good luck!!! I'm rootin' for ya girl :)

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  7. Psst! I'm nominating you for a blog award, because I think your blog rocks. Check out my entry on the Kreativ Blogger Award for more info!

    Good luck on the agent hunt! Querying can be nerve racking!

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  8. Thank you, Kirsten, Kelley Lynn, and J.W.

    "Nerve racking," you bet!!! I'll be checking by your blog today. Thanks for the award. :))

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  9. Thank you for the kind words about my agent list, Candy. I wish you tons of luck on your agent search!

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  10. Wow! Thank you for the blog visit, Heather. I appreciate your sweet thoughts about my agent search. :)))

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  11. It's great to be where you are, flying high! And yay for bloggers who compile info about literary agents. My personal favorite is Literary Rambles.

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  12. Good luck!! I'm positive you'll find someone wonderful. That comic above is hilarious- I wouldn't trade it for anything :)

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  13. Such a funny cartoon :) I'm agree with Emily. My favorite is Literary Rambles too.

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  14. You sound well prepared. :) I don't know if you've looked at or used Query Tracker, but I thought it was a good organizational tool (free) and had some nice agent stats (if you subscribe). I wish you the best of luck with finding your perfect agent...she's out there waiting to find you. And I hope you had a great Mother's Day!

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  15. Emily & Angela, I'll have to check out Literary Rambles. Thanks for the name of the blog. :))

    Juliana, Yeah, me neither! Trade my craft that is! Thanks. :)

    Michael, I've tried Query Tracker. I couldn't seem to keep up with it as well as my own Excel spreadsheet on my desktop. But, I've heard tons of great stuff about it! Thank you for the Mom's day wishes. :))

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