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Agents by genre

Post by steeleweed » March 20th, 2010, 7:43 pm

Are there listings of agents by genre or do we have to scan a zillion agencies/agent sites compiling our own lists?
I ask because I write in several genres: historical, literary, memoir and what I call 'fiction lite' - contemporary, humorous, quirky-character-driven cops/robbers, goofy westerns, etc.
It's a pain in the a$$ try to match my current WIP with an agent.

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Post by CafeCliche » March 20th, 2010, 10:46 pm

http://www.agentquery.com/

That site lets you search by genre. Good luck!

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Post by Krista G. » March 21st, 2010, 12:09 am

So does Query Tracker (http://www.querytracker.net/). Both Query Tracker and Agent Query are fantastic sites.
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Post by kristi » March 30th, 2010, 10:47 am

I want to second Krista. I LOVE Querytracker and Agentquery and have used them to compile a massive query list!

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Post by Scott » May 4th, 2010, 1:02 pm

I was thinking of starting a thread that would help querying authors trade info on agents (like Absolute Write Water Cooler), so maybe I'll just gauge the interest from this post.

Good idea?

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Post by mmcdonald64 » May 5th, 2010, 6:21 pm

Querytracker is fantastic. I love how it's laid out in a grid so you can see at a glance who takes e-queries, and you can make it show only those agents open to submissions also. One thing about the genre thing--it's not always accurate. Just in the last few days I've found several agents who's bio didn't list a genre I was looking for, but when I went to the agency site to read their bio there, they did accept the genre. So, never hurts to check out the agency too.

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Post by saraflower » October 29th, 2010, 3:32 pm

CafeCliche wrote:http://www.agentquery.com/

That site lets you search by genre. Good luck!
I was so happy when I found this site a few months ago! Talk about a time saver.

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Post by oldhousejunkie » October 29th, 2010, 10:55 pm

I love Agent Query. But I always double check the agent's website to make sure that I'm querying the right agent or if there is another agent in the same agency that might suit my needs better. Another tip: if you read in the genre that you write, check the acknowledgments section to see if they thank their agent. I've gotten a lot of leads this way.

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Post by saraflower » October 30th, 2010, 9:22 am

oldhousejunkie wrote:I love Agent Query. But I always double check the agent's website to make sure that I'm querying the right agent or if there is another agent in the same agency that might suit my needs better. Another tip: if you read in the genre that you write, check the acknowledgments section to see if they thank their agent. I've gotten a lot of leads this way.
Thanks for the tip. :)

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Post by IlGrido » November 3rd, 2010, 7:12 am

I noticed poetry wasn't on there, are there any search engines for agents representing poetry?

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Post by rose » November 3rd, 2010, 10:59 am

I've always had the impression that while agents will represent Poets who have established themselves, the field of poetry isn't lucrative enough to justify an agent's time otherwise. I would love to hear that I'm wrong about that.

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Post by rose » November 3rd, 2010, 11:02 am

Also, I have found that the Publishers' Marketplace data base yields all sorts of interesting information: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/search.html

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Post by HillaryJ » November 3rd, 2010, 11:40 am

I think that Writers Market (through Writers Digest) has that search option. It may be a subscription site. Can't quite remember.
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Post by saraflower » November 3rd, 2010, 11:42 am

HillaryJ wrote:I think that Writers Market (through Writers Digest) has that search option. It may be a subscription site. Can't quite remember.
Yes you do need to pay. I am sure it is worth it though.

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