1. Use these resources to find a literary agent who likes the type of children’s books that you write:

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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