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QUESTION: Hi. I have a couple of questions. First, what are the requirements for getting a literary agent? Also, do writers have to pick a niche? I mean, it's impossible to write a mystery novel and then a romance novel, right? Thanks

ANSWER: If you intend to write in different genres, then it would be best to get an agent that represents those different genres.

Otherwise, you'll have to have another agent to represent that particular genre.

As far as getting one, you have to have the novel written and finished, and research agents that specialize in that genre and query them.  If they are interested, they will ask for your manuscript to read and evaluate.

They are "sales people" that "sell" your book-- they have to like it and believe in it.

Google the internet for agents and go to their web sites to see their requirements.

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QUESTION: I have another question. How can someone get freelance editorial work?

ANSWER: To be a freelance editor? Or to hire the services of a freelance editor?

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QUESTION: I'm not sure if you received my last follow-up question, but I was wondering how could someone get freelance editorial work if they were interested in editing? Thanks

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Advertise on the web at the free ad sites.

Create a web page advertising editorial services, preferably be an editing service. And this requires knowledge of the various services and the fees and client/editor contract.

I am a professional editor and own my own editorial service.

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Jannie Balliett

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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.

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I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Organizations
Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Publications
Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Education/Credentials
Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

Past/Present Clients
I have numerous clients using my service through my editorial service and numerous members in my Online writer workshops.

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