Agent Research 101 – Mining Deal Data

Here at Sub It Club, we've previously shared step-by-step strategies for researching agents and tips for vetting newer agents. In both cases, an important piece of information is deal announcements, which you can find by searching on the agent's name in Publisher's Weekly. You can also find deals using Publisher's Marketplace too, but the service costs $25 per month. Still,... Continue Reading →

Midsummer’s Mayhem – A Query Letter That Worked

Good news, Sub It Clubbers. Today I'm featuring Rajani LaRocca's delicious query for her forthcoming middle grade, Midsummer's Mayhem (Yellow Jacket, 2019), a yummy blend of A Midsummer's Night Dream and Master Chef Junior.  Note: Rajani's manuscript was requested thanks to #PitchWars. That's why her query doesn't include the typical personalization paragraph. Rajani noted that when she queried prior... Continue Reading →

Researching New Agents

Industry publications like Writer's Digest or Publishers Lunch often include announcements of new literary agents just entering the business. We are told these agents are a "golden opportunity" for writers and illustrators since they are actively building their client lists. So are new agents a goldmine or a minefield? The answer is "it depends." On the plus side,... Continue Reading →

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