Originally Published: July 24, 2011
Jennifer Laughran is an agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. The article below first appeared on her blog in May, 2011. For more information about her, check out her blog: http://literaticat.blogspot.com
Q: People say when you’re researching agents, you should look at the acknowledgments of books like yours to find out who reps them. But yesterday I saw you tweet that sometimes books are “too similar” and you reject them for that reason. What gives?
Yes. You should find an agent who reps the type of books you write, has similar taste to yours, and seems to “get it.” This probably means doing research about some of your favorite writers and finding out who reps them.
But also yes, when you get right down to it, an agent’s list can really only have so many of one type of book before it starts getting boring and repetitive. And as far as specific plots and such, one will do. As @earthwards on twitter said, “Think complementary, not competing!” (more…)