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How do I find an agent?

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Hi, Corrine,

Sorry for the delay in responding. I've been out of town for a bit. There are a couple of ways to find an agent. The first way is to go to AgentQuery.com (http://www.agentquery.com). You can search by genre (memoir) or check out an agent you've heard of somewhere else. There's also a terrific link at the top of the main page that will teach you how to write a query letter to an agent.

Another place to go is QueryTracker.net (http://www.querytracker.net). Not only can you search by genre, but by author. So, if you go into the bookstore/library and find a memoir that's similar in style or topic to yours, you can put that author name into the search engine at QueryTracker and it'll tell you the author's agent.

Along with that is a site that will help you find the SCAM agents and publishers--the ones you DON'T want. Predators and Editors (http://www.pred-ed.com) will give you tips on avoiding scams.

Hope that helps! Good luck!

Cathy

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Cathy Clamp

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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

Experience

I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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