There's always plenty of advice on how to get an agent, but have you
ever thought about how NOT to get one?
1) Don't follow the agent into the restroom with your "elevator pitch" flowing from your mouth
(You are both in there for another reason, not the time for him/her to hear about your book)
2) If you're at an agent table at a conference, let him/her have at lease one bit of food occasionally
(I'll never forget when I sat at my agent's table for the first time; each bit he took, someone ask a question, which is what agent's want, but I don't think the poor guy got one complete bite all meal
3) If you are turned down and the agent is kind enough to give a reason, don't spend the next two days
firing emails at him/her telling them why you did it that way; you aren't going to change his mind
(Instead, ask how you might improve that to make it ready for submission)
4) DON'T BURN BRIDGES! Do not write an agent OR editor back and tell them how stupid they are, don't know what they're doing, why they should find another job
(You never know when that person might cross your path again in a professional capacity and you want the door to be wide open, not closed)
5) Don't send a submission for erotica to an inspirational agent; same goes for sci-fi, romance, historic, etc.
(Really? Did you even read the guidelines? Be sure that agent handles your type of novel)
Know what they handle BEFORE you submit
6) DON"T blanket the industry with your queries
( Send a couple, wait and see what type of response you get. The individual might have caught something with a suggestion that will help your next query)
7) Don't continue to resubmit to an agent unless you've done some serious rewrites
(Then let her know you are resubmitting)
AND YES, ALL OF THESE HAPPEN ALL THE TIME, well, maybe not the first, though I have a friend who it happened to. Be considerate, be open to suggestions, make yourself unforgettable--known,
BUT IN A GOOD WAY!!!
What have your experiences with agents been like? GOOD AND BAD???