Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A to Z Challenge

Well, here we go again. It's another year, another April, which means one thing:
another A to Z Challenge!
What is it you ask?
"The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day."
So for the entire month of April, I will be focusing on a specific topic of information to share with you ... about writing! (surprise, surprise, surprise!)

So … you want to be a writer? Where do you start? How do you get there? No worries. This month I’ll be sharing my A to Z list of writer’s resources: books, blogs, and beyond! Check back each day to find helpful resources for improving your writing and navigating your way through the publishing industry.
The letter A is for AGENTS
If you're pursuing the traditional path of publishing, you may be looking for an agent, but do you want just any agent? How do you know that he or she will be reliable, honest, and ethical? 
Start here:
Association of Authors’ Representatives http://www.aaronline.org/
The AAR is a professional organization of hundreds of agents that work with book authors and playwrights. They hold their members to the highest standards of ethics. The website offers a wealth of information and insight into the industry.
I'll see YOU back here tomorrow for the letter B.
In the meantime, are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, do you have a theme for your posts this month?


  1. I'm not doing the challenge but I love your theme! It's going to be so helpful as well as fun :)

  2. Ah...agents. An essential 'a' to any author ;)

    This is my first time doing A to Z. My theme is Chicago:

    The Pedestrian Writer

  3. Love your theme! This is my first A to Z Challenge and I'm zeroing in on the various elements of writing.

    1. Al - I clicked on your profile to visit your blog, but it isn't linked there. I'd be happy to follow you back ... just let me know where! :)

  4. This is my fourth year doing the challenge. I'm doing flash fiction. Your theme is great. I look forward to what you have to share.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

  5. "A"wesome information and a great start! I ♥ this theme :)

  6. I suppose I should actually write a book before I think about an agent...but I'll keep this in mind if that ever happens.

    Come on over and check out my A to Z. It's the start of a story for each letter of the alphabet.

  7. I love your theme! I am working on a novel so these writing tips should really help. Looking forward to reading the rest.
    Your newest member, Shawn at Laughing at Life 2

  8. Hi,
    I just want to say thank you for this excellent tip and congratulations on your book being released this year. I too am looking for an agent, but like you have indicated it has got to be the best agent for me and not just any agent.
    Good luck on A to Z and i'll be dropping by again.


  9. thank you for your advice! I have a friend who is trying to publish right now! This is wonderful! I will refer her to your blog! jean xox

  10. Although some areas of the traditional path can be done without an agent, I can recognize the importance of having one to help navigate the publishing waters, negotiate better contracts than someone without enough knowledge and being a guide in building an author career. Besides, if you want the Big 6-now-5, got to have an agent.

  11. Thanks for the info. What are your views on self publishing? Stopping by from Blogging A to Z.

    1. I think self-publishing serves a valuable and growing purpose in the industry, but I chose to go the traditional route because that has always been my personal dream. There are a gazillion pros and cons to both ways of being published.

  12. Hi Margo, thanks for the reminder. It has been a long time since I looked for an agent. I'd forgotten about AAR.

  13. Love your theme! I'll check back tomorrow for B.
    My theme is creative inspiration.


  14. I am very in interested in the theme of your A to Z posts. I haven't actually thought about what to do about what to do with what I have written other than post them in my blog :-)

    And thank you for visiting my blog!