More Things Not to Say to an Agent

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Plenty of blogs tell you how to approach an agent, what to say and how to say it. A couple of years ago I chose ten things not to say to an agent and you shared with readers why these things make an agent cringe. In today’s blog I’m going to highlight another ten things not to say when seeking to impress an agent.

 

  1. I’d really like to write for the general market but I figured the Christian book market would be a good place to get my feet wet.
  2. Writing comes completely natural to me. I’ve never taken a class or attended a single workshop.
  3. I’ve written a fiction novel.
  4. My novel is actually my own life story. I haven’t changed a single incident or experience. I have changed the names but everyone who knows my story will immediately recognize the characters.
  5. My book is short by design. I’ve read that people are reading less and less these days so at 8,000 words I think it will be perfect.
  6. You’re going to love this. . .
  7. I’ve written a children’s picture book. My fourteen-year-old daughter illustrated it. She’s such a talented artist.
  8. My book, Breaking the Generational Curse of Mental Illness, charts new territory. Professional credentials? No, but we all know that real understanding comes from a combination of wisdom and experience.
  9. The best thing about my book is that it will not need to be edited. I’ve gone over it three times and it is flawless.
  10. I call it a memoir but I’ve enhanced all the events and changed several things here and there to make it more interesting.

 

Yes. Agents have heard all of the above and numerous variations of them over the years. Rather than offering these What-Not-to-Say comments and explaining why they illustrate potential problems to an agent, I’m once again letting you do the work. Pick one or two (or more) and explain to our readers why they should never ever say them.

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