As if the writing (and editing, ripping to shreds and starting again, rereading, rewriting etc) wasn’t hard enough, the next huge hurdle is to find a literary agent.
Not only do you need to have a perfect query letter, synopsis and sample pages (backed up by a perfect manuscript), you also need to query the right agent at the right time.
Which is why I’d like to offer my congratulations to my sister Paula* (find her here at ViewReview) on finding an agent and hope it leads to the publication of her first novel very soon.
Writer Nathan Bransford had these Wise words to say about finding an agent:
There are many ways of going about this, and, believe it or not, none of them involve telling an agent they’re a cutiepatootie.