Finding An Agent


After twenty years of writing for children we felt called to make a change. We had not needed an agent before. Twenty years ago you could still have a manuscript read by a publisher without an agent, especially in the world of children’s books. Once we had a relationship with a publishing house we didn’t feel the need. Now that we were writing a book for adults, The Shepherd’s Song, and we were writing about our faith – the rules had changed. We needed an agent – but how could we find the right one?

Today we are on Vonda Skelton’s blog sharing 10 things we learned about finding an agent on our quest to write and publish The Shepherd’s Song.  read more

Betsy and Laurie

7 Comments on Finding An Agent

  1. Greg Johnson
    April 1, 2014 at 9:10 am (6 years ago)

    You forgot to mention that constantly running into your potential agent in hallways and at meals was another sign from God to sign with him and no other. What a convention that was! Did you know that you two were the answer to MY prayers, as well. I prayed to find one author. And God doubled that answer in the most wonderful way.

    • BergeDesign
      April 1, 2014 at 9:18 am (6 years ago)

      Yes! We promise we weren’t stalking you! It was an amazing convention and we were so glad God graced us with lunch with you. God provided a great team for The Shepherd’s Song – sometimes in surprising ways.

  2. NewEngland_Muse
    April 1, 2014 at 11:39 am (6 years ago)

    I as well went without an agent for my book that was picked up by a publisher. At the moment I am mulling if I should get one as I make a list of agents to check out.

    Good luck.

    • Writing Sisters
      April 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm (6 years ago)

      That’s a tough question and the answer is different depending on the circumstances. Hope your mulling and search goes well. Let us know what happens. Betsy and Laurie

  3. NewEngland_Muse
    April 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks. The beauty of our times now we have options. 🙂

  4. sustainabilitea
    April 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m so happy things have worked so well for you.


  5. Christy Birmingham
    April 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank-you for the tips in the guest post – it was a good read. You’re right that ‘no’ can be just another step toward getting the right connection. I don’t have an agent but will keep the tips in mind if I get to that point.


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