Friday, May 26, 2006
Q & A 22 Which agent to target?
We've been told to read your favorite books, your favorite authors, ones who write similar stories with similar tones and see who their agent/editors are because they are who you should be targetting.
Your tone, of course, should be your tone, not an homage to Gene Wolfe or Jennifer Crusie. But once you've completed your book, if the tone reminds you of GW or JC, by all means target their editors or agents. Just don't tell them that's why they're being targeted. Because not only is there a good chance the editor/agent will disagree with your evaluation of the tone, there's a good chance he'll be right. If you're the second coming of Laurell K. Hamilton, let her editor take the credit for discovering this. Don't ram it down her throat, only to have her . . .
1. Discard your manuscript without even looking at it because it's the 12th advertised second coming of LKH she's picked up this morning.
2. Discard your manuscript after one page for no other reason than the fact that it doesn't remind her of LKH.
3. Pass your manuscript around the office with a post-it note reading, Guess who this one thinks she writes like. I need a vacation.