A few days ago, I was incredibly stressed out about something that had nothing to do with writing. I was too anxious to write.
So I did the thing that normally causes me a huge amount of anxiety: I picked up a copy of the Writer's Market guide and searched for an agent. I'm not ready for an agent yet. I still have some polishing to do on two novels before they're ready to send out. But I'm close. My goal is to query for these two and hopefully my current WIP by the end of the year.
Looking through this guide is an annoying task. I used the index to pick out agents by genre. If any of you have any easier methods for searching for an agent or publisher, please let me know.
Normally, thirty minutes looking through the entries in this book makes me want to throw it in the garbage. Luckily for me, the agitation caused by other parts of my life was stronger than my desire to destroy the book.
I found a lot of agents that looked like they had potential. I searched for their websites on the internet. Shockingly, a third or more didn't have a website or their website looked like something my grandma would try to throw together. I don't know if that makes sense - ruling an agent out because of an unprofessional website or the lack of one. I'm not looking for a web developer, I'm looking for an agent, right?
But the ones with snazzy sites looked more legitimate. They also looked like they could communicate better than the ones without one and gave me the impression they had it together.
I came up with fifteen possibilities to look at more closely the next time I'm incredibly stressed out.
I hope I'm not passing on someone wonderful based on their lack of a decent website. (Note my Jedi attitude about this - as if it's my choice and not entirely theirs.)
Any of you have experience with agents, with or without decent websites? What's your thought?