The first time I looked for an agent 15 or so years ago, it was simple! I just looked through the Writers Market in their list of agents, contacted one that looked like she represented the types of books I liked to write, and she accepted me!
Easy Peasy. At that time I had numerous books published in the Christian market and she was one of the top agents there—both adult and children’s market. At that time I was interested in writing Bible Studies and Christian marriage books, etc. Not just books for children. She represented my career.
Our relationship lasted for several years, but then I reached a point in my career where I wanted to write mostly for the educational market. As I mentioned earlier, you don’t need an agent for that market, so I asked to cancel the contract with my agent and then I just marketed my own manuscripts and contracts without an agent for awhile.
But then came a time when I wanted an agent to just represent one or two of my picture book manuscripts. I wanted someone in New York, but I wanted someone who still had a hand in the Christian market as well.
In my next post, I’ll tell the steps I took to find my next agent.