Reblog: Acquiring a Literary Agent by Allen Rivers

I’m at the beginning of my submission journey. So far, results include: 3 rejections all stating “not a good fit” at this time; revision of the query letter; and a gentle rewriting of the first chapter. This post popped up in my Twitter feed at just the right time. It’s a great reminder to keep up the fight. I’ve had so many dreams over the course of my life that I’ve had to give up due to circumstances beyond my control (damn that astigmatism–I could have piloted the Space Shuttle!), but this is one long-held dream that is well within my control. Like Allen, I don’t dream of big money and fame. I just dream of being published and knowing I brought some literary enjoyment to perfect strangers. That’s cheesy, I know. But if you know me well, you already know I’m a huge cheeseball. The port wine and cheddar kind covered in nuts. Now, go on and read this and be inspired to keep at it!

An Author's Journey

This is the type of blog posting authors have read many times before. All of us who’ve aspired to have an agent have undoubtedly searched the internet, looking for any bit of wisdom, tips, or faint glimmer of hope. I know I’ve been there before, reading the same information in a different package, sometimes gaining nothing but still being unable to pull my eyes away.

What can I say? I was caught up in the dream.

But through hard work and some fortune I made the dream a reality. I’m going to cover tips and advice in later postings, but for now, here’s my personal story. I hope it can provide valuable knowledge and inspiration for all of those fighting to get their chance.

Let’s start with the first attempt, the one I like to call the reality check. I was 21 and had just finished my second novel. This…

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