1. Use these resources to find a literary agent who likes the type of children’s books that you write:
- Use the searchable database at Agent Query.
- Check the agent’s page at Publishers Marketplace.
- Subscribe to the Guide to Literary Agents blog.
- Read the interviews at Literary Rambles.
2. Make a spreadsheet to keep track of who represents the type of book that you write.
3. After you fill up your spreadsheet, make a shortlist of the top 5 or 10 names.
4. Check your notes to see how each agent on your list wants to be contacted. Some agents only accept submissions sent:
- through their website.
- in an email with an attachment.
- in the body of an email. (No attachments).
- by snail mail with an SASE (Self-Addressed-Stamped-Envelope).
5. Follow the agent’s instructions to send in:
- a short query letter.
- a short query and the first 5 or 10 pages.
- a cover letter, a synopsis and the first three chapters.
- a cover letter and the entire manuscript.
6. One size does not fit all.
- Some agents have an “autoreply” to let you know that your submission came.
- Others will only write back after they have made a decision.
- Some agencies only reply if they want to work with you. After their time limit (6 weeks, 3 months) passes, no reply means no.
7. After you hear back (or don’t hear anything at all) from the first set of names on your list, go to the next 5 or 10 names and try again. In the meantime, start writing your next book!
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