How to Use Twitter to Get an Agent – Guest Post by Stephanie Faris

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My quest to get published began before every agent had a website and accepted queries by email. I spent years carrying packages to the post office, paying for return postage, then checking the mail every day to see if a rejection letter had arrived yet.

Today’s aspiring novelists don’t even have to leave the house to land an agent. However, the Internet has also increased the competition. More authors than ever are trying to get the attention of an agent and all of them have access to the basic information on agency websites. However, even if agents list their preferences on those websites, they can change on a whim. My agent posted this a couple of months ago:

“I am dying for a new adult cozy mystery serious; historical or funny contemporary!”

If you were following her and just happened to have such a book on your hard drive, the timing would have been perfect to send it right over.

But there’s an art to participating on Twitter. Here are a few things you should do if you’re looking for an agent.

Follow Agents

Success on Twitter relies heavily on the people you follow. Find writers who have interests similar to yours and start interacting with them. They’ll likely help you build the community you need on the site. As you start querying, make sure you review each agent’s Twitter feed to see if they’ve expressed an interest in anything in particular lately. Here are a few agents who are always helpful:

Find Hashtags

In addition to following agents, you can also use hashtags to join in a conversation. Often the most useful hashtags will be part of events where participating authors get something useful out of it. Here are some hashtags to note:

  • #PitMad—A pitch party where participants tweet three short descriptions of three of their books. Polish your pitches—the next #PitMad is September 8!
  • #PitchWars—This contest has multiple rounds, with mentors and agents reading manuscripts. The most recent one just took place, but read all about it before the next one!
  • #AskAgent—Agents announce that they’re taking questions through the hashtag #AskAgent and Twitter members send them over. Read over past sessions and you’ll likely find some great tips.
  • #MSWL—Under this hashtag, agents and editors post their manuscript wishlists. A must follow, for sure!

Most importantly, participate. Have fun. The more you participate in Twitter events and get to know other authors, the more likely you’ll be to get the information you need to achieve your dreams.

PiperMorgan Joins the Circus

When Piper Morgan has to move to a new town, she is sad to leave behind her friends, but excited for a new adventure. She is determined to have fun, be brave and find new friends.

In Piper Morgan Joins the Circus, Piper learns her mom’s new job will be with the Big Top Circus. She can’t wait to learn all about life under the big top, see all the cool animals, and meet the Little Explorers, the other kids who travel with the show. She’s even more excited to learn that she gets to be a part of the Little Explorers and help them end each show with a routine to get the audience on their feet and dancing along!

Piper Morgan In Charge

In Piper Morgan in Charge, Piper’s mom takes a job in the local elementary school principal’s office. Piper is excited for a new school and new friends—and is thrilled when she is made an “office helper.” But there is one girl who seems determined to prove she is a better helper—and she just so happens to be the principal’s daughter. Can Piper figure out how to handle being the new girl in town once more?

Stephanie Faris

Bio:
Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.

 

Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive.

 

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27 thoughts on “How to Use Twitter to Get an Agent – Guest Post by Stephanie Faris

  1. Great advice. ^_^ I’ve found quite a few agents on Twitter, including two who sound like they’re the right people to query for my current book. Which was a great relief, since my current book’s kind of a weird one and I know it’s not the sort of thing a lot of people are looking for.
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  2. I don’t know if I’m just getting old, or if social media is getting more complicated, the thought of navigating Twitter to follow certain people and trends and participate at certain times while condensing everything down to to perfect little nuggets of info… it all just sounds so exhausting!

    • Twitter can be exhausting. Lists are the key to success at Twitter. I have a list that includes a very small group of people I need to interact with regularly (agent, editors, authors who write for my imprint, authors who support me/I support in return, etc.). I go straight to that list when I check Twitter. That has helped a LOT because most of Twitter is a bunch of noise!
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  3. Thank you for some excellent resources, Stephanie! Leave it to you to support your fellow authors, writers, and bloggers while on your book tour 😉
    I do hope the tour has been all you’d hoped, I can’t help but grin every time I see those adorable book covers.
    Thanks for sharing Stephanie with us, Quanie – you sure know how to pick ’em!
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  4. Great post Stephanie! I already follow #PitMad and #MSWL on Twitter. Reading the tweets is a learning experience. I study pitches that agent + publishers like. And I use both hashtags to search for agents whose pitch and wishlist preferences is similar to my writing to follow. Then add them to a list of agents I’d want to query one day.
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  5. Thanks for another useful post, Stephanie. Twitter can be addicting, it can also be daunting because there’s no filter of who sees you and what you see. I’m always looking for ways to streamline social media and not have my twitter feed crowded with people self-promoting. But meeting friendly, level-headed, and like-minded birds definitely makes author life much more pleasant!

    • Actually, I’ve found Twitter is 100% my “business social media.” The publishing/author community is HUGE over there. If you write for children, Facebook can be a better way to reach parents, teachers, and librarians, but it’s harder to reach them over there. Everyone’s accounts are private and locked away. Twitter allows you to follow an agent and read her tweets without her having to agree to let you do so.
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  6. Hey Steph and Quanie and Happy Wednesday to you both! It’s great to meet a new blogger, and these Twitter Tips are great. I’ve been finding myself on Twitter more and amazed at how different it is from Facebook. Hope you guys have an awesome day! *Waving goodbye*.

  7. Thanks for sharing your great tips, Stephanie. I’m quite resistent to social media – apart from my blog, which I love! Many congratulations on Piper’s new adventures. Have a super September. Thanks for hosting Quanie!!

  8. I imagine that is really competitive. Although a lot of people have trouble compacting a story into one line. Being a man of few words, I’m good at loglines.
    Not that I need an agent or anything…
    But bet that will benefit someone!

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