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#1 M. Arthur Stone

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 04:22 PM

I'm not sure if there is an ongoing topic for this (if there is, please direct me), but if not, feel free to take a moment and tell everyone who your dream agent would be and why?

I'll start...

Janet Reid. She's a bulldog for her clients, she's snarky... and she scares me just a little. She would keep me from getting a big head regardless of how successful my book was.
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Posted 22 October 2012 - 05:01 PM

Top of the list for me is Kristin Nelson, but there several I would love to work with. In the contest I'm currently in, there's one in particular that I thought would be a great fit for my novel, and she resquested a partial.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:31 PM

I had a few of what I considered "beyond my wildest dreams" agents. (I tried to make sure I never queried an agent I didn't think I'd be 100% thrilled to work with, so they all could've been "dream agents" in that sense, but these were the pie-in-the-sky, yeah-right, would-they-give-me-the-time-of-day agents.)

And Jennifer Laughran was one of them.

I signed with her.

So, your wildest dreams might not be that wild after all. :blush:

In Jenn's case, I liked that she specializes in kid-lit, is extraordinarily knowledgeable, and is also very no-nonsense.

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#4 Tom Preece

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:11 AM

Thanks Lit Gal.  I'm withdrawing "my favorite"



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Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:44 AM

Anyone who believes in me and my work and understands my vision for my work.

AWAKENED (YA science fiction) -- shelved

WHO'S THE MOST POPULAR OF THEM ALL? (upper MG contemporary) -- shelved

GUNPOWDER, SPARKLES, AND JUST A LITTLE BIT OF RUM (MG fantasy) -- writing first draft (Query here)

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:15 AM

For me it's Suzie Townsend. She is a fantasy freak herself and run the most amazing blog I've ever seen. But she's also super busy and there for only accepts out of this world authors.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:17 AM

Anyone that actually believes in me and my work.
No luck so far with that.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:51 PM

Theresa Park would be my dream agent.

I think she discovered Nicholas Sparks and she also represents Emily Griffin.

Unfortunately I've sent her a terrible query letter before I found about AQquery and read about how to write a proper query letter.

I lost my chance (I might have never had one but still one can always hope ....)

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    In between I became a "hybrid" as part of a group of six authors involved in a high concept novel-in-six-parts called "A Day of Fire" which released in November of 2014. The book, "A Day of Fire," tells the story of the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii in a way you've never read it before.

Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:57 AM

Just would like to point a couple of things out:

1) these threads come up in google results
2) publishing is a small business
3) do you really want to have an offer from an agent only to have him/her google your name or otherwise stumble upon the fact that he/she was not your dream agent?

Me, I think threads like this are not a good idea. Dreams change. People change agents during their careers. Why create a paper-trail in "fun" that could come back and bite you you-know-where?
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:38 AM

Dream agents do change. There was one I hadn't considered until she requested a partial as a result of a contest. I have since done some research on her and have realized how much I would love to work with her. You could say she has now become my dream agent, but as I stated previously there are a lot of fantastic agents I would enjoy working with.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:35 AM

Just would like to point a couple of things out:

1) these threads come up in google results
2) publishing is a small business
3) do you really want to have an offer from an agent only to have him/her google your name or otherwise stumble upon the fact that he/she was not your dream agent?

Me, I think threads like this are not a good idea. Dreams change. People change agents during their careers. Why create a paper-trail in "fun" that could come back and bite you you-know-where?


Litgal,
I certainly wouldn't want a casual conversation to become a skeleton in the closet for anyone on aq trying so hard. How do i request this post be pulled?
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    In between I became a "hybrid" as part of a group of six authors involved in a high concept novel-in-six-parts called "A Day of Fire" which released in November of 2014. The book, "A Day of Fire," tells the story of the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii in a way you've never read it before.

Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:00 PM

Litgal,
I certainly wouldn't want a casual conversation to become a skeleton in the closet for anyone on aq trying so hard. How do i request this post be pulled?


I know that my moderating powers don't extend that far but there is nothing to stop you--or anyone in the thread--from "editing" their own prior posts and merely deleting the content.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:29 PM

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AWAKENED (YA science fiction) -- shelved

WHO'S THE MOST POPULAR OF THEM ALL? (upper MG contemporary) -- shelved

GUNPOWDER, SPARKLES, AND JUST A LITTLE BIT OF RUM (MG fantasy) -- writing first draft (Query here)

UNTITLED YA FANTASY -- planning

UNTITLED MG FANTASY -- planning


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Posted 15 July 2016 - 09:28 PM

Any of them that doesn't mind hybrid, I went in wanting to self-publish less to avoid trade and more to build a fan base before going into trade publishing. Will take take a previously self-published work so long as trade published book has desired sales.

 

And of course, takes novellas. I know I'm stretching it there. Just can't hack novels.


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Posted 02 August 2016 - 11:25 PM

Anyone that actually believes in me and my work.
No luck so far with that.

I would agree with this. Naming an agent in advance would be me deciding from the outside looking in. I can only narrow it down to some who seems to be successful in my field, and then a case by case basis.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:40 PM

Man, I'd settle for an agent who actually believes in me, And not the 'ooh-rah-rah' cheerleader kind, but just another adult who says, 'Yes, I believe this is worth publishing and I won't stop until it is.' Someone professional, treats me as an equal, and isn't afraid to go to bat when necessary. And who will back me up if I say, 'No, I'm not changing that.' Assuming it ever happens at all.

 

That isn't crazy, is it? O.o






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