How To Get Your Valorant Agent to Fade

Most of us can agree: Getting your first agent is probably the scariest step in getting your first book published. Your writing might be good, your query a masterpiece, but getting an agent is a different game entirely. After all, most people want to write, but very few have the courage to query a publisher about publishing their work.
Agents are the gatekeepers of the literary world. They sift through stacks of queries, only accepting a select few to represent. This means that if your querying well, your chances of getting an agent are very high indeed. Getting an agent is hard work, and not just because you have to read through hundreds of query letters every day. But in order to get your valorant agent, you’ll need to ease your way in, so to speak. That is, you’ll need to fade your way into their good graces. Here’s how you do it, in 5 easy steps:

Step One: Make sure your query is ready.

A query letter is your first impression. You’ll be competing with other writers for the attention of an agent or editor, so you have to make sure that your letter is polished and professional.
First off, make sure that your query letter is well-written. It should be brief, but not too short. Remember that you’re only asking for a few minutes of their time, so don’t ramble on about your novel! Make sure it has a clear start and end, and that each sentence is concise. For example:
“Dear Agent X,”
“I am reaching out to you because I believe in the power of my novel
to connect readers to the world.”

Step Two: Get specific.

You might be tempted to send an agent a standard query letter, but that’s not going to get you anywhere. Agents love being able to represent specific authors and books. So instead of sending them a sloppy query letter, work on crafting a personalized one. Let them know about your book, why it’s different from everything else out there, and how you think they can help you make it even better.

Step Three: Show your agent that you’re a good fit.

The first thing you need to do is let your agent know that you are serious about your novel. In other words, show them that you have a vested interest in succeeding before asking for their help. If you don’t have a publication credit or an award, start with getting an independent bookstore to carry your book and then write reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.
If you want to make sure they see what a great fit you are, make sure you include the following in your query letter:
-A one-sentence summary of your novel
-A paragraph explaining why it would be a good fit for the agent
-The names of three of your favorite books by the agent’s clients (they will hopefully mention who they represent)

Step Four: Go cold turkey.

Many people try to start out with a personal letter, and in order to do that you have to know the agent’s name. If you don’t already know it, then you should go ahead and find out. There’s a very good chance that your agent has a website where they publish their work. You can search for it on Google or LinkedIn as well as any other sources of information that might be available about them.
Once you have the name, go ahead and take a break from contacting them; don’t email or call for weeks or even months. This is not going to be easy, but if it gives you more time to build up your pitch, then by all means take some time off.

Step Five: Stay positive!

This is the most important step in getting your agent to take notice. When you send out your query letter, be honest about your work and its place in the market. Say something like: “I know this is a long shot, but I think my book is a diamond in the rough.” The more positive you are, the more likely that the agent will want to represent you. It’s not just about having self-confidence; agents are looking for signs of passion and initiative. These two things can be hard to fake, so remember to stay positive as best you can when sending out queries.

Bottom line

: Be patient
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that top agents will be eager to sign you. They have a lot of clients, and they don’t have time to read through hundreds of queries each week. Don’t assume your query is any different from the other queries they receive.
Be professional: Agents are looking for writers who can write well, not just anyone who has an idea. Clean up your work before querying them.
Be concise: Make sure you send your query letter in an attractive, concise package. Don’t go on and on about why you love their book or how wonderful it would be if they accepted your work; get straight to the point with what you hope to achieve with their publishing house. You want them to think about wanting to publish your work as soon as possible, not how much they love it already!
Get personal: Let them know a little bit about yourself and why you want this particular agent to represent you. Talk about what kind of careers do you aspire toward, what interests do you have that may align with those career aspirations, etc. In short, let them know more than just what they can find out from reading your query letter!

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