That’s it friends, that’s the guide. It’s a lot. I know, and I’m sorry. Querying is a lot, like I said, but if you’re wanting to go the route of traditional publishing, this is what it looks like. Yes there are pitch contests and conferences and other things, but querying works. If you’ve written a good book, it’s just a matter of finding the right fit. Sometimes it lands on the first book, sometimes it’s the second. Sometimes you leave an agent and end up right back in the slush pile. But the most important thing to remember is that this is your career. Your agent is supposed to be your advocate, but your number one advocate is you. Good luck!
List of agencies with good reputations
Note: This list is by no means exhaustive, but these are the agencies where I’ve queried agents. This doesn’t include and children’s-only agencies because I write adult fiction.