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Author Topic: Researching Your Agent is Key  (Read 2408 times)
ripleypatton
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« on: April 03, 2012, 10:07:48 AM »

First, be sure to research your agent. Go on Facebook and find her younger sister or brother's name and age, or a niece or something would work too. The point is to find someone young the agent really cares about. Dig some more and find out what school the kid goes to. Then start your query letter like this:

Dear (Agent's Name),
When Seventeen-year-old (name of Agent's family member) is snatched from (Name of Agent's family member's school) one day, her (relationship Agent is to the main character- ie Aunt) doesn't know what to do. Disguised as a query letter, the ransom note arrives at her office twenty-four hours later. The novel idea embedded amidst the threats and instructions is good. Incredibly good. It could make her a gabillionaire, but obviously the author is a psycho. Still, to get her niece back all she has to is rep the guy, not marry him.

PS. This is a JOKE. DO NOT try this. But, I read an agent interview once where this actually did happen (minus the good novel idea part).
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 10:59:41 AM »

Did the querier get an offer of representation out of it...?
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 03:18:58 PM »

Yes, but what if the detective in charge of the kidnapping investigation reads the ransom letter, and decides it would make a really good idea for a novel?  Then you might get scooped, since the detective has a working relationship with the agent and can persuade her that the investigation might go a lot smoother if he doesn't have to worry about sending out a lot of query letters...
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