Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I'm Getting Vibes

My question of the day: How much should our gut guide us?

Last night I watched election results come in with my laptop on my lap, looking up more agents. You'd think by this time I'd be willing to query any agent who vaguely reps what I write. If their client list sounds impressive, if they are looking for commercial women's fiction, if they like spunky, feisty main characters.... shouldn't I be frantically cutting and pasting and sending? In the words of my mom, "Maybe you shouldn't be too picky."

But I am terribly picky. And not just because I'm trying to fit my book with the agent who looks like they are the best fit, necessarily. A lot of times there is a gut feeling, a vibe I get about whether someone is right or not for me. I can look at a webpage and list of clients, and then see a photo and think, "Oh, we wouldn't be a match." I can see a name and think, "Absolutely!" Sometimes, an interview that gives a peek into their personality turns me off. But mostly, it's just a feeling. Everything about the agent may seem right on the surface, but in the end, I don't type them into my little excel spreadsheet.

Am I cutting off my foot, here? Am I limiting myself? I don't know the answer, but I have to believe that if an agent feels all wrong from the start, he or she is all wrong. And, as I informed my mom when she imparted that little pearl of wisdom about being picky, "A bad agent is worse than no agent."


  1. I don't think so. You have to go with your gut.

    I go with mine, and I'm happy that way.

    I'd stay stick to it and see.

    Fingers are CROSSED!

  2. wow, all the way through I was thinking, I don't know either, but you know I've had the exact same experience. Gut or nothing.

    Then I got to your last line.

    That says it all.

  3. You have a gift in being able to tell about agents. I wouldn't query to an agent I didn't feel was a good fit for me just to add a notch to my query-belt. Go with your gut - your work needs an agent who will fight for it.

    I'd hate for you to get a bad agent and then possibly ruin future publishing of SKON. Keep going the way you are - with your gut.