Becoming a KidLit Agent

by Tricia

in Becoming Agent


I am getting more curious by the day! I’ve been transitioning from social media strategist (the job I currently do for Erin Murphy Literary) to agent (the job I am just on the cusp of) at Erin Murphy Literary. Why am I curious?

1. The art of reading as an agent is different than reading as a reader, as a critique partner, and as an editor.

I was not expecting this. I’ve had to learn to read all over again. But it’s been really good. I worried that I would get tired of reading (even though Erin Murphy Literary is closed to submission unless by referral, we still get piles of manuscripts to read each week). But I’m not. I’m even more curious than before. It’s like a giant scavenger hunt. And you can really like the premise, but it’s all about the writing. You just don’t know until you get into it.

2. I have been very curious about business end of agenting—meeting editors, learning who wants what—and now I see that it is the side show.

The main part about agenting is learning to love what YOU love. It is my reaction to a manuscript that will set this entire thing rolling, not that I know all the ins and outs of editors and publishers (of course, that matters, but only marginally).

3. I am more devoted to good books and good writing than ever before.

I want to encourage anyone reading this blog to dig deep, to reach for the stars, to go after their dream. I want to see what you come up with. I think the best part about becoming an agent is being able to encourage what really means the most to a writer. That’s where the gold is. That’s what I am looking for. If it resonates with me, I’ll fight for your book, I’ll back you to the end.

Yep, I’m more curious than ever as I become an agent.

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