Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

How to get a literary agent…or not

Here’s a little cautionary tale for writers seeking representation. Seems your writing isn’t all they care about…

Jane Dougherty Writes

I’ve just been reading a blog post about what agents and publishers want to see when they Google your name. You know what’s funny about the answer? They don’t seem to be looking at what you’ve written.

They want to see that you’re active, that you’re blowing your own trumpet on all the social media. They check that you’ve got a this account and a that account. They check that you haven’t been criticising publishers or agents (they really don’t like that). They want to see whether your writing has been well-received by other people who’ve seen it. So much for them using their own judgement.

I have no idea whether agents or publishers have ever Googled me—apart from my former unregretted publisher who probably wanted to check up on what I was saying about them. If they have, they have obviously decided to pass on the other side of…

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This entry was posted on June 20, 2014 by in Publishing.
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