I've been hunting for the elusive literary agent. They seem overwhelmed by the changes in the publishing world and overworked from everyone and their mother seeming wanting to be represented. So what can one lone safari tracking writer do?
Write the best story they can.
That's it. Our job is to write because it is in our heart and soul to do so. Getting a literary agent or publisher to find your work is just due diligence & a mountain of patience. I know people have tip lists and rules of thumbs to find the right one but it all comes down to what you can control and that is what you write. So be fearless; continue to write even in the face of thank-you-no-thank-you canned email responses.
My advice may not be rock science but good old grit and determination. Believe in why you started down this path. For me, it was because if I didn't write the story, they would be stuck in my mind with the characters screaming to get out until I slowly stopped believing in them and then they would start to die of neglect. Now is that any way to treat my imaginary friends?
So I continue to write and take the time to continue to search for a way to share my character's antics with the world by submitting to literary agents.
Which by the way I should be doing right now.
Onward to the hunt,
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