Top Ten Reasons
You Can’t Get an Agent
are approaching the wrong agents.
marketing strategy is all shotgun.
query letter isn’t working.
story idea is not unique enough to stand out in the marketplace or to stand up
to the competition.
have no idea what the competition is.
story idea is not strong enough or compelling enough to sustain a book-length
story idea is not well-executed.
level of craft is not high enough.
are not an active member of your writing community.
are not prepared to be an author as well as a writer.
Top Ten Reasons You Can Get an Agent
know which agents would work for you.
written a great query letter.
come highly recommended.
work is based on a strong idea.
executed that idea well.
level of craft is high.
already published in this or other formats: literary journals, digital and/or
print publications, etc.
got a platform.
are an active member of your writing community.
present yourself and your work in a professional manner.
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