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How can I zero in on agents handling my type of material? For example, a listing may say an agent handles "urban fiction". But it doesn't specify that its chick lit type and not "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer" or a modern day male detective hunting vampires.
It can become difficult to locate exactly the type the agent handles.

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Hi, Demetrius!

I understand how this can become confusing. When there is no sub-genre classification noted, it is no easy task to determine if the agent is suitable for your material. The most helpful bit of advice I can give you, is to look at their catalogs and see what other material they have represented. Some agents are willing to represent different sub-genres falling under the main genre. Before submitting to any agent, do your research on their service to ensure that your manuscript will be at home in their hands. It never hurts to contact them with your concerns. Of you do this, be sure to keep it vague. Don't try to submit your work over the phone. Simply ask what sub-genres they work with in urban fiction. I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

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Jamie

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Jamie Darrach

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I can answer just about any question regarding the composition, editing, and publishing procedures for all forms of literature. I will give aspiring authors ample tips on how to strengthen plot, how make story-lines and characters credible, how to improve visual description and dialogue, and how to make works flow easily and naturally. In addition, I can give writers advice on how to adequately edit and revise their works. I have knowledge of the literary market, and can advise writers in which route would be best for their piece, including offer examples of presses and agents who work with manuscripts in the author's category.

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I have been writing for eleven years, having completed fourteen novels, several short stories, and countless pieces of poetry. I am experienced in multiple genres. I have worked as a copy-editor and critic for aspiring authors. I have researched the literary market from inside-out, and can provide much information to writers who are seeking advice.

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College for BA in English

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