If Only We Had Some Advice For Writers

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

So the other day this guy tweeted me: “Any advice for a new author trying to find a literary agent?”

I feel bad for the guy. I’m sure he’s nice enough, and he’s doing his due diligence researching agents. But in the moment, the question dumbfounded me and I just totally went off. It was one-of-those-days (and it was only 9am) and I suddenly felt overwhelmed by someone wanting a 140-character answer to such a big question.

Kind of like walking up to the nearest person at Niagara Falls and asking, “Hey, is there any water around here?”

I tweeted him back: “You didn’t really just tweet that, did you?”

Do I have any advice for new writers?

Um, no. Not unless you count the 2000 blog posts here on the Books & Such blog.

I know it was an innocent question—I should give the guy a break. I did apologize to him. I know this is a difficult and confusing business, and everyone’s doing the best they can to learn what they can… in whatever way they can. (And I need to keep my emotional reactions to myself!)

Maybe I can come up with a stock answer to keep handy for when I get those kinds of tweets (because it happens frequently). Something like,

“Sure, thanks for asking! (1) Write a great book. (2) Query agents.”

Simple, to the point, and helpful, right? Or maybe it should be more like:

“Yes. Quit now. If you have to ask, you’ll never get an agent.”

What do you think? In no more than 140 characters, how should I answer the question:

“Any advice for a new author trying to find a literary agent?”
P.S. Things will be more fun if you make me laugh with your answers.
P.P.S. Don’t worry, the guy read and approved this post. Aren’t I nice?

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