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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Book Proposals & Query Letters by Coleen O'Shea, Marilyn Allen

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Making a Good Match

When you choose an agent, you’re starting a relationship that may continue for years or even decades. So you want to take your time and find a good fit. Start with agencies that focus on your category, because they will have the best editorial relationships. Keep in mind that if you’re a laid-back type who hates deadlines and wants to write when you feel like it, an aggressive, Type-A agent is probably a bad fit. If you need a lot of hand-holding and encouragement, a small agency or individual agent is probably a better choice than a large agency. If you’re already a successful, driven type, you’re better off with a bustling, high-octane agency that reflects your own relentless drive.
Take your time and choose carefully, ...

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