I spent a couple of years writing my manuscript, revising, and taking my writing group’s critique to heart. I knew I wanted to find a traditional publisher and realize my dream of becoming a published author. I had, actually, had a book of poems published by a little university press, but I hoped my new book could appeal to a wider audience. In short, I wanted the dream, the dream of seeing my book on the shelves of an actual bookstore.
To do that, I needed an agent. Ideally, an agent who loved my book and could shepherd it to a publisher.
The is the story of how I found that agent, from the actual query letter and examples of rejections to the phone call that led to representation.