5 Things You Didn’t Know About Querying as a Debut Author

I won’t lie to you, the closer I get to finishing the first round of edits the more I think about the AFTER, the agent hunt, the stress and the uncertainty that entails. I guess all debut authors feel it and I’m no different.

If you’re like me, the rebloged article may help you. I’ll be honest with you, I had no idea that what’s stated at #4 actually happens, but she’s the professional, so I guess it does. Despite all the stress the agent hunt brings to debut writers, I think the process will be enlightening and one that will show (to me at least) if I’m up for it. I don’t want to miss learning something from the process.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

I really enjoy talking about debuts.

Many debut authors are nervous about their credentials (do I have enough? do they mean anything?), their contacts (who do I have to know? what if I don’t “know” anyone?), and their book (what if it’s not good enough? what if it’s the best I’ve got?).

I think it’s time debut authors gained their confidence and started to tap into the excitement that agents feel for them.

Here are 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Querying as a Debut Author:

1. Agents look forward to your work. Any agent who is building a list is looking for work. Not all agents are building a list however, so save yourself the heartbreak and query agents who advertise that they’re looking for new talent.

2. Your credentials aren’t holding you back. No bylines? No problem. I never brush off writers who haven’t been published in literary journals or…

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