The Two Best Websites (of all time) for Writers Seeking Agents

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

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I’ve been putting off this little secret for some time now.  I told myself it was because I wanted to establish my blog first, but I think it might be because I didn’t want to give it to my competition.

By now if you haven’t heard of these two websites, you should. Both are excellent resources for writers querying agents. One, I DO prefer above the other.

It’s the first one I stumbled across a few years ago: agentquery.com. As far as I am concerned this has everything Writer’s Marketplace books and pay websites have and it’s free. It may have more than the other websites, except it doesn’t track your queries for you.

If you want that handy feature, you can try querytracker.net. It not only tracks your queries, but users report successes with individual agents and the web site reports the results.

Agentquery.com is great because you can do a search for an agent by genre. You can also filter agents who accept email queries and fine tune your search further in advanced mode. In the beginning a lot of agents preferred snail mail, but now most will accept email queries. A caution, the more filters you put in the narrower your results will be.

You can also view a list of major publishing houses, small presses, and literary magazines for submission guidelines and needs. Or you can investigate a column under e-publishing and read about how to e-publish and how to list your book on Amazon. There is a way to actually self publish your own e-book PDF and list it on Amazon for $139. Agentquery.com breaks it down to make it simple, well simpler than Amazon.

Finally, there is an agentquery.com social networking site, where you can connect with other writers and find tips about new agents looking for new authors, among other things. This site just keeps getting better and I haven’t even touched on the multi-faceted website’s resources.

Querytracker.net also searches agents, but you have to join and be logged in for full benefits, such as getting more information on an agent. On Agentquery.com, the agent profile is there for you to see, with links to his/her web page.

Just as the name implies, on querytracker.net,you can track your queries in real time. You are limited to 20 projects or titles that you can submit.  Here’s the rub. Querytracker.net aspires to be a pay site. It offers more statistics and a bunch of other meaningless stuff if you join as a premium member.

One of those not so meaningless paid benefits is the absence of ads. That’s right, to use their site you have to suffer obnoxious blocks of ads placed in the columns that move around and make you want to click them off. When I first found this website there were no ads. Last time I visited I kept trying to click them off.

Still, there might be some benefits to this site of you want to have a system that helps you structure and keep track of your queries.

So what are you waiting for? Go check them out. Then report back under comments and let me know what you think.

http://agentquery.com/

http://querytracker.net/

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Comments
  1. Helen Wand says:

    Great advice, Don! Thanks for a great Blog…as always!

  2. Cindy Hiday says:

    Thanks, Don. I’ve been steering people to AgentQuery for awhile now. Great site. But hadn’t heard of QueryTracker. I’ll check it out. I’m really enjoying your blog posts!

  3. Maureen Kay says:

    Thanks for all the specific details about these sites!

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