Well here’s a bit of seemingly good news! There’s been a change in Rep for Louis over at CAA. He is now being repped by Robert Mickelson. Robert reps a LOT of singer/actors like Joe Jonas, Lennon and Maisey Stella from Nashville, Chord Overstreet from Glee, along with other musicians such as Marilyn Manson, Pete Wentz, and LunchMoney Lewis among others.
This is actually pretty exciting I think! The first sign of Harry venturing into the world of acting was him getting his own rep separate from the band. Here’s to hoping good things come out of this! Whatever happens, it heavily implies that he’s not just waiting around, not working like was implied on AGT. He’s actively out there going for things!
So here’s the thing about literary agents: the legit ones are all publishing savvy, business-minded, all around nice people who just really love books. Or at least, the ones I’ve come in contact with are. Every agent (like every person) has their own set of strengths and weaknesses, which often dictate what genres they do and don’t represent. And knowing those strengths and weaknesses is just a teensie bit important to know before you query.
Some agents are editorial, some agents are not. Some agents represent a huge range of genres, some are much more focused on a couple genres and categories. Some agents have been in the business for over a decade, others are much newer to the publishing game.
I’ve already blogged about where to go to research agents (see that link above? Click it), so I’m not going to delve into that again. What I want to focus on instead, is what you need to be looking for when deciding what agents to query.
There are a couple questions you should be asking yourself while researching agents:
Does this agent represent my genre? This is the basic filter—the very first requirement is to make sure the agent you’re considering querying represents the genre and category your manuscript falls under. If they don’t, don’t query them. No exceptions.
No, it doesn’t matter if you think they might make an exception for your manuscript (they shouldn’t and they won’t). No, it doesn’t matter if you really like that agent (that doesn’t change the fact that your MS is not a genre they represent). No, it doesn’t matter if your manuscript is supposedly unlike others in its genre or category (if you think that’s the case, are you sure you know that genre as well as you think you do?)—if they don’t represent your genre, do not query them. You’ll get an insta-reject, and you’ll only be wasting your time and theirs.
Note: if you’re not sure what genre your manuscript falls under, check out this post.
Does this agent represent other genres I want to (or already do) write in? This is important, because you’re not just looking for representation for the manuscript you’re querying—you’re looking for representation for your whole career. Ideally, you’ll have the same agent throughout your career (though that isn’t always the case, which is okay). If your manuscript is a Historical Fantasy and you know going in that you also love writing Sci-Fi, make sure the agents you query represent both Historical Fantasies and Sci-Fi’s.
Why? You want an agent who can potentially sell any manuscript you write, and if you write in multiple genres, you’ll want to make sure the agents you query represent all of them.
Is this agent editorial? Is this important to me? As I’ve mentioned before, not all agents are editorial (meaning not all agents go through the extra process of revising and editing your work with you before going on submission). This is an extra job, and agents are not required to edit your work (remember: it’s your job to get your manuscripts as polished as possible before sending it to agents). If you know you want an agent who will help you with some of the revision and editorial process, then make sure you query agents who are editorial. (You can find this out through interviews and sites like Literary Rambles).
What is this agent’s sales record? Do they have a lot of sales? A few things to remember with this one: not having a lot of sales doesn’t necessarily mean the agent is a bad agent. Some agents don’t report all of their sales, and some agents don’t have a lot of sales because they’re new agents, which is totally fine (and in that case, you’ll want to look at the sales for the agency they’re at, instead). But if an agent has been around for a couple of years, they should have some sales reported.
That being said, how much stock you put into the sales thing is up to you. When I was querying, I personally didn’t query anyone who didn’t list sales or their clients, but that’s just me.
What is this agent’s reputation? What is the reputation of their agency like? Both of these are important to consider when researching agents. If the agent is established, what is their reputation like? If they’re new agents what is the reputation of their agency? (Note: it’s important to check on agency reputation for established agents, too). Check interviews, forums like Absolute Write Water Cooler and sites like Preditors & Editors as well as the aforementioned Literary Rambles to learn about agent and agency reputation.
Does this agent seem like someone I would work well with? Granted, this is a little more difficult to determine online, but if the agent has a Twitter, follow them long before you start querying. Also, take the time to read every interview you can find—both of these sources can give you insights into the agent’s personality and what their work process is like. There are a couple agents, for example, that I decided I wouldn’t query based off things they said or the way they behaved on Twitter—after all, if your personalities clash, it’s going to make the relationship between you and you future agent more difficult.
Finally, two rules to remember while querying:
Thou shalt not query every agent known to man. Use the criteria above to narrow down your list to agents that would work well for you and your manuscript. Consider every agent you query carefully. Think, if they offered representation, would I accept? If your answer is “no” then there’s little point in querying—you’re just wasting everyone’s time.
A bad agent is worse than no agent. I’ve often heard of writers jumping to accept the first offer the get, just because they finally get an offer of representation. I understand this temptation, but the fact is, a bad agent will not help your career. Make sure you do plenty of research on every agent you query, and even more research on every agent who reads your full, and even more research on every agent who offers representation. Know what you’re getting into ahead of time to avoid unfortunate circumstances later on down the road.
What tips do you have for choosing the right agent?
3 Things Authors Might Not Know Agents Are Looking For
Today, Hayley Radford, president of the NaNoWriMo sponsor and agent matchmaking service LitFactor, shares three things authors might not know literary agents want:
Communication is king in 21st century publishing, and yet, there so often exists a frustrating breakdown between those who work in the business of books and those who are producing the glorious stories that sustain it. The mismatch between what literary agents really want and what writers think they want is a perfect example of this peculiar industry disconnect.
(Note from Pear: This series is indefinitely open to new posts. As they are added, this post will be updated. Like always, you can find original content in the posts by pear tag and the table of contents tag for series.)
I’m back with piece number three for the speeding asshole who ran off with my heart and left me dying.
This one was requested by the sweet Olyvia. Thank you so much for that, sweetheart :)
This was her request:
I was wondering I you might write one about him being jealous because someone he hates is trying to flirt with you. If you could that would be fantastic! Thanks for all you do.
I hope you like this one :) I had Iron Man playing as I wrote it haha
!!! Make me write about this cutie little asshole more here !!
Here it goes
Warning: Extreme Abuse of the Word Coffee
credits to gif(s) owner
All Day (Pietro Fucking Shit You Are So Attractive Maximoff x Fucking Shit You Are So Amazing Reader)
since Y/N was transported from an assassination training home to be an agent in
S.H.I.E.L.D., she had thought that nothing could get better— I mean, how could
it? She was recognized for her skill by a high and excellent company—but she
was incredibly wrong.
after the animalistic and ravaging attack of Ultron, she was recruited to be an
Avenger, along with a few of her colleagues. Five of them were chosen from the
agency, the five consisting of three females and two males. The chosen agents
were to go through a series of tests in order for them to choose the best of
the best. After all the trials, Y/N had been ranked second, following very
close to one of the two males. This made the easy decision to keep them both
for the Avengers themselves to decide if they were both in or one of them would
be kicked out.
more than determined to win the position in the team, and so was the other
agent, but the thing was they were both too
nice to each other to even compete, so they left their personalities become the
basis of the Avengers to decide.
been approximately six months since the recruits first entered the Avengers
Tower, and since then they had grown close enough to be friends with each other
and with the whole team. Out of the whole team, Y/N had grown fond of the sweet
and silent Wanda Maximoff. They would usually be the ones who would eat lunch
and hang out together around the tower. This of course meant that Wanda
Maximoff’s twin was always close by. Pietro had grown accustomed to the top
ranking female agent as time flew by and had spent his fair amount of time with
her. If anything, he could proudly say that he liked her a lot more than the
other one… and a lot more than any
“He’s quite annoying, is he not?” he would ask the famous Captain
America about the male agent whenever he would see him laughing at something
Y/N had told him. Steve Rogers would just shake his head and chuckle at the
quick hot head. It wasn’t a secret to Steve that Pietro had a fascination with
Y/N, even more so, a crush.
one of those days where Pietro decided to steal Y/N for some quality time. He
had noticed that she had been spending too much time with everyone else but
him, so that winter morning, he was the first one to greet Y/N when she came
out the door to her quarters.
morning, Pietro,” she greeted with a small and timid smile when she saw him.
Y/N could never be counted as a morning person. He smiled back and extended his
arm for her to take. She looked at him skeptically and, thinking that it was
another one of his cheeky plays, wrapped her arm around his own. He was
and Y/N walked with each other to the kitchen. Every morning, the whole team
would walk straight into the kitchen as if they were mindless moths and they
were attracted to the light— in which the light was food and hot coffee.
wasn’t even allowed near the coffee
machine due to that one incident that happened when he was left unsupervised
and took a sip of Y/N’s coffee. They were lucky enough that they got to him in
time before he finished the whole cup. But that didn’t change the effect that
it had on him that made him run around annoying the whole building for two whole
days. Some nights, Steve can’t even fall asleep in fear that Pietro would enter
his room and pull his boxers off him and carry him to the high bar counter for
everyone to see like an exposed art project again.
morning, Y/N,” greeted Bruce who sat on the end of the dining table with a
large news paper covering half his face. He looked up again and realized that
Y/N had a companion and said, “Pietro.”
Bruce,” Y/N greeted and pulled away from Pietro’s arm, much to his
disappointment. She wandered over to the coffee maker and started brewing up some
morning kick-starter. “How would you like yours, Doc?”
Bruce hummed and turned a page of his paper. “Um, black.”
Y/N nodded and turned to the hand held toaster Tony created. Pietro pushed over
a plate, with two pieces of bread ready, to her and sat back down on the bar
stool closest to her. When she toasted the bread just by hovering the device
over them for two seconds, she returned to the coffee machine and poured her
and Bruce a cup.
“I can take
it,” Pietro offered as he extended his hands out for the cup. Y/N knew what
went on in that’s sneaky head of his so she refused and delivered the cup to
Bruce herself. She wandered back to her toast (which now had butter spread all
over it thanks to Pietro) and pushed it over to Pietro. He smiled as he watched
her set out a glass of orange juice for him and sit back down beside him.
sighed and glanced over to find Pietro staring. She raised her brow, “Do you
want pancakes or something—?”
Pitero quickly assured and let out a nervous cough. He smiled at her again and
took a gulp of his juice. When Y/N started munching on her toast, the others
piled in one by one—Agent Trent Copper, the otherone as Pietro would like to call him,
being one of them.
Trent,” Y/N greeted after he entered behind Steve. Trent winked at her in acknowledgement
and sat down beside Bruce. Pietro caught the cheeky act and a growl emitted
from the back of his throat that Wanda, who was leaning on the counter, waiting
for her coffee, did not miss. Wanda felt for her brother, she really did. She’s
seen him in his ups and downs, but this was the first time she’s ever seen him jealous in her life. She didn’t need to
guess that he was in it deep for Y/N. She had her powers and come on, she was his twin.
what’s the agenda for today?” Tony asked as he took a sip from his mug. Steve shrugged
and craned his neck to peek over Bruce’s shoulder to get a glimpse of today’s
news. Natasha yawned and shook her head. Clint mumbled something incoherent and
Wanda said nothing as she stared back and forth at Pietro and Trent. Tony
frowned at the silence and rolled his eyes, “Losers,”
Trent spoke up, his eyes still not leaving Y/N’s. “I was going to ask Y/N if
she wanted to go get lunch later.” This woke the whole team up and made Wanda control
Pietro from launching himself at the other
agent by walking to his side to discreetly place a hand on hiss and drink
from his glass of orange juice.
Tony smirked and took a big gulp from his coffee. Y/N’s face was flushed as she
opened her mouth to speak, although she didn’t speak, because Pietro had
already spoken before her.
cannot.” He stated. Natasha choked on her drink as he said this and turned away
to silence her coughed snickers at the once silent now, all of the sudden,
sassy Sokovian. Wanda/s eyes closed as she groaned inwardly at her stupid
brother. Times like these, she couldn’t believe that he was her twin. Y/N opted
to stay quiet and glance over at Pietro expectantly waiting for what he had to
deny the fact in her that she would ditch anything for Pietro if it were just
let out an arrogant scoff as he glanced at Pietro. It wasn’t a secret to anyone that these two didn’t
particularly enjoy each other’s company, the thought of each other and. —
basically, each other. “Why, Pietro?”
Pietro started but then trailed off, seeming lost. Trent smirked and leaned on
the table with his forearms, “Hm?”
Y/N chirped as she leaned her arm on the table and propped her head up with her
hand. Pietro took a nervous breath as he felt everyone’s eyes on him. And at
the heat of the moment, he sputtered out, “Because we are going out for lunch.”
Y/N smirked and nodded at Pietro, “We are.”
was taken aback by this but remained passive. “Alright, maybe after then,”
time, Pietro had already gained confidence since Y/N didn’t deny his lies. “No,
she and I will be out. All day.”
Trent tried again. His persistence amused everyone else but Pietro. Pietro was
annoyed now. “I said all day. Get ready, Y/N, we are leaving soon.”
you were going out for lunch?” Trent growled, losing whatever cool he had in
store at Pietro’s possessive acts. The speedster smirked and slipped his free
hand in Y/N’s, taking her by surprise. “I did say all day, did I not?” And with that, he pulled Y/N away from the
kitchen and they were gone before Trent could even protest. Generally, the
whole team was impressed with Quicksilver and his cocky side.
truthfully, was amused at the whole thing— not that she liked two of the team
members fighting because of her, but she was amused to little Pietro’s antics.
She couldn’t believe that he was jealous.
going for a date?” Y/N smiled and glanced over at Pietro’s face when he finally
slowed down. His troubled frown then morphed into a shy smile as he said, “Only
if you want to.”
scrunched her face up playfully and shrugged, “I don’t know, I don’t think that
was the best way to ask a girl out…” Pietro’s face fell at this when he
realized what he had done and he turned to her, “I’m sorry, Y/N, I—“
were you jealous?”
Me? Jealous—I— wasn’t— psh, no…” The
poor boy trailed off at Y/N’s knowing stare and forfeited with a sigh, “Y-yes,
I- was, but—“
Y/N sighed and took his hand in hers. His heart rate sped up as he looked down at
their fingers intertwined together. Pietro bit his lip and looked up at her, “I
like you very much, Y/N and you are
the only person who can stop me from doing so and stop me all together.”
as she flushed and took in what Pietro said. Slowly, she went up on her tip
toes to kiss him on the cheek and wrap her arms around his neck, “I’m not
stopping you from anything.”
grinned happily and circled his arms around her waist. “We prove Trent wrong
and go on a date, yes?”
say all day.”
time for deliberation— apparently, Fury didn’t agree on letting two recruits qualify for the team and it
was the Avengers’ play to pick one. This then resulted to the situation they
were in now.
so, you write a rookie’s name on the paper and then drop it in the shield,” They used the Captain’s shield as a fishbowl.
“And whoever has the most names written, he or she stays.” Tony stated as he waved
around his small sheet of paper and pen.
was gathered in a circle in the main room. Trent was out sulking somewhere
after being embarrassed by Pietro earlier that day and Y/N and Pietro were
still out. They really did stay true to the all
day promise. Fury wanted an immediate response, so they decided to start
without Pietro. It was just one less Avenger anyway.
everyone debated and wrote on their papers, Y/N and Pietro had already entered
the front doors downstairs, giggling and performing back and forth banter. Y/N
had mention that she was tired so Pietro walked her to her room and had said
good night. He maybe even slipped a quick little kiss in. He was ecstatic when
he waltzed in the main room, only to be met with very serious pairs of eyes.
was about to ask what he missed but Tony beat him to it by handing him a piece
of paper and a pen. “The girl or the boy,”
much deliberation and one too many threats from Pietro, it had seemed that Y/N
was the winning vote, and Pietro would have the honor to both kick the other agent out and get himself a