First of all, we know this is a bit overwhelming. We’ve got literally hundreds of agent and editor profiles here for you to look at.
To find an agent or editor who is a good fit, the best thing to do is to start with the following:
- Know your genre. Know the genres similar to your genre. So, for example, if you’re writing a thriller, you should also look under suspense. If you’re writing romance, also look under women’s fiction. Make a list of possible genres, then click on the links in the Search by Genre section.
The following refers to section of the site:
- Browse the Search By Tags page. If you were Jane Austen pitching Pride and Prejudice now, for example, you could click the links for 19th century, sisters, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
- Know possible comp titles. Type those into the search bar at the top.
- Go to the #MSWL section and try the #MSWL by Genre page. Click on your genre, and favorite tweets relevant to your work to make an automatic list in your Twitter account–or, of course, you can write them down.
- Once you’ve done that, look up each agent on your list in the search bar at the top.
- Look at each agent’s personal #MSWL twitter stream. You’ll see a link at the bottom of each page–see below:
- Go to that agent or editor’s company website, follow submissions guidelines, and submit traditionally.