The Best Books to Help You Find an Agent

From Harold Underdown, a bibliography of print resources to help you find an agent.

Resources Listing Literary Agents and Artist’s Representatives.

Don’t Tweet that Query!

Read this, if you are tempted to pitch your book to an editor on Twiiter (unless it is a special Twitter event AND you have done your homework about said event.)

Dr. Syntax: Tweet Not Your Query, Author, or, Why I Don’t Read the Slush Pile Anymore.

7 Things Children’s Book Writers Must Know

Great advice for writers of children’s books from Write4Kids!

7 Things Editors at Children’s Book Publishers Wish Writers Knew | Write4Kids!.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent, Lists the Most Common Manuscript Problems

Review these common problems before you submit your work to a literary agent!

6 Things That Are Wrong With Your Manuscript | Carly Watters, Literary Agent.

Why Agents Stop Reading Your Manuscript

Agents may not read all of your sample pages. Here are some reasons they stop. A fascinating post from Writers Digest!

7 Reasons Agents Stop Reading Your First Chapter | WritersDigest.com.

Do You Need a Literary Agent? What They Do and How to Get One

Don’t miss this great sample chapter from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books by Harold Underdown! It’s about agents. I highly recommend this book and also The Purple Crayon, Mr. Underdown’s authoritative, generous and informative site.

I Need an Agent.

YA Debut Author Anne Blankman’s Route to Publication

How do you get published? The answer is different for every writer. Here’s one author’s story. Your route will not be the same, but you will pick up some valuable information about the road. Don’t forget to check out other interviews in this excellent blog’s archive.

Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire: An SAT with YA Debut Author Anne Blankman.

Don’t Let Rejections Keep You from Writing or Submitting

I haven’t been rejected much lately, but just because I haven’t submitted much. I’m still working on my novel and I have a terrific assignment.

I’ve looked at my old picture book manuscripts, and most of them just don’t work for the current market. I have a new one that’s close, but I won’t have time to work on it this week.

Anyway, back to rejections. Everybody who sends work out gets them, even famous award-winning writers. I’ve come across some great posts on the subject that are worth sharing.

Thursdays with Amanda: Rejections Don’t Determine Your Worth as a Writer | Chip MacGregor .com.

Decoding Agent Rejections

If you get a rejection from a literary agent, check this post to see what it means, and how your can succeed with your next submission.

Turn One Agent’s No into Another Agent’s Yes | WritersDigest.com.