I’m so glad you made it here to My Place Beneath the Pines. I am really excited about this series. It has been swimming around in my brain for over a year now, and I’ve been dying to get it onto paper. My name is Jessie and I am a literary agent with The Blythe Daniel Agency, which is in Colorado Springs. I however, am a Texas gal. I am a mom to triplets, married to the Coach, and live in a tiny dot of a town beneath the East Texas Pines. This January will mark my fourth year as an agent, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Before I was an agent, I was in sales, and owned a promotional products company. Currently, I represent both fiction and non-fiction in the Christian (CBA) & General Market (ABA). For the next 31 days, I am going to teach you 31 Ways To Snag a Literary Agent. This is the most common question that my clients are asked, “How did you get a literary agent?” You see, this question never gets old and it rarely gets answered, because every author has a unique experience. If you know ten authors who have already gotten agents, then you probably know ten different stories as to how they got theirs.

I’ll tell you some atypical things about the way I sign people: I rarely sign from a query letter, a few times I’ve been so impressed with an author that I’ve signed them on the spot (although this is really rare), and I have signed quite a few clients by scouting them (meaning I found them on the glorious world-wide web instead of them querying me). Oh how I love to surprise people with contracts. Maybe I’m weird. But, seriously, I love to reward amazing writing, and I take great pleasure in finding talent in obscure, undiscovered places. It’s like Christmas…all the time.  I can’t speak for other agents, but I hope that when this series is over, you have a better understanding of what YOU should do next in order to snag the agent of your dreams. Check back here daily for other posts in this series or subscribe here to get the entire series delivered straight to your inbox.




Day 1: Wait Well
Day 2: Start a Blog and Write on it Frequently
Day 3: Go to a Writer’s Conference
Day 4: Hook Me in the First Sentence
Day 5: Personalize Your Pitch
Day 6: Ask for An Appointment
Day 7: Listen and Revise Accordingly
Day 8: Write Articles
Day 9: Enter a Writing Contest
Day 10: Have a Team
Day 11: Secure Writing Endorsements
Day 12: Tell Me a Story Only You Can Tell
Day 13: Don’t Bash Your Old Agent
Day 14: Be Proactive About Growing Your Platform
Day 15: Be Finished
Day 16: Know Your Characters
Day 17: Ask for a Referral
Day 18: Have a Speaking Career First
Day 19: Pay Attention to Signing Windows
Day 20: Self-Publish Well
Day 21: Take the Offer in a Timely Manner
Day 22: Show Your “Plus” Side
Day 23: “Fixer Upper” Your Email if You Want to Snag an Agent
Day 24: Be Persistent with Reminders
Day 25: Show me the Irony
Day 26: Follow the Submission Guidelines
Day 27: Search #MSWL on Twitter
Day 28: Books to Help you Master Your Craft
Day 29: Ask an Agent Q&A
Day 30: Ask an Agent Q&A Day 2
Day 31: Just Keep Pitching

This series is part of the #Write31Days challenge. To read other topics or join in click here.


Posted in Writing | Comments Off on 31 Ways to Snag a Literary Agent

Comments are closed.