Hi Everyone: Thanks for coming back here to Coffee Time Romance, where I’ve been talking about my newest release, Jeanne of Clairmonde,  and blogging about subjects I hope have been of interest. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some exquisite jewelry. Winner will be announced next Tuesday on my personal blog, medjeannecoverwww.joycemoore.blogspot.com so remember to check it.

My previous blogs were geared to both writers and readers, but this one is for writers who are looking for an agent. It’s becoming more common for publishers to work through agents, making it difficult to submit your work to an appropriate publisher. Aside from that, having someone to negotiate a contract and read the fine print allows us to spend our time doing what we do best—writing. That said, getting the attention of an agent can be as elusive as finding the right publisher.

There are several ways an author might find an agent who is the perfect fit. I’ve blogged earlier today about conferences. Sure, you can pitch to an agent at a conference, but just as important is networking with other writers. Who knows, you might find a writer who writes in your genre and is kind enough to recommend her agent. I met a writer at the Denver conference whom I’d met earlier at another conference. We renewed our friendship, and found time to talk. I learned she writes in the same period I do. She was a finalist in the conference contest, so I knew her writing was about ready to catch an agent’s eye. I gave her my agent’s name, and when I returned home, I emailed my agent and she said she would be on the lookout for my friend’s manuscript.

     As for how I got my agent, I sought out a few who I knew handled my genre. I sent them a query (yes, at the same time). One wrote me back saying she thought she loved my book and thought she could sell it. The rest, as they say, is history. I really lucked out. This gal is enthusiastic and persistent. She keeps in touch and we work together very well.

     The way to get an agent is to keep sending out queries (and send them exactly what they ask for—no more, no less).Network. Go to conferences. Attend writer events and book signings and make friends. You never know who may be interested in helping you find a home for your book.

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