by Tamela Hancock Murray
You’ve done your homework, including:
- visiting agency web sites
- talking to author friends about their agents
- interacting casually with agents on social media
- reading agents’ blogs
- attending writers conferences as your time and budget allow
This is part of the process in helping you choose the agent you most feel you want to work with.
When deciding, think about:
- agency’s reputation
- agent’s reputation
- authors the agent represents (demonstrated success with work similar to yours)
- personality (this is where social media helps)
Reputable agents welcome being researched because we stand on our record. Of course, every agent and agency who has been in business more than a day and a half has a few detractors. Most of the time, detractors are made either because the client and agent were a mismatch from the start and/or because of an unhappy situation complicated by misunderstanding. Good agents conduct themselves in an ethical manner and your research should reveal that the overarching agreement in the writing community is that their clients are well served.