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I found my agent based on the strong recommendations by good
friends who are with her. I'd seen the great job she was doing for them and was very happy when I did sign with her. She is excellent--very prompt, professional and experienced.
I met Chip and a conference when I'd already had a book or two
published. He didn't take me on then, but after a few more I queried him again and he signed me. Chip's the best! He has my back, for sure.
I’ve had two agents. I met my first when I was at a conference, just having had word from an editor that if I hired an independent editorto clean up the manuscripts of my two novels, he’d probably give me a contract. On the basis of that, I asked the agent about representation, and she accepted. I hired the independent editor, paid him a lot of money, didn’t get the contract from the editor, and then the agent tried unsuccessfully to place my work. When she said, “Richard, I don’t know what to do with your books,” we figured it was time to part amicably.
The second agent I’d met when she was an editor. She left editing to become an agent, and I followed her blog. I’d given up writing by now, but decided to enter one of the contests she ran, one involving the best first line for a novel. I won, with “Things were going along just fine until the miracle fouled them up.” The prize was her edit of the first five pages of a manuscript. I sent her the one that had most recently been rejected, she liked it, and soon became my agent.
PS—I’ve just had my ninth novel published, and still have her as my agent.
Richard L. Mabry, MD
Funny question. He contacted me about some out of print books he wanted to put on a line he was starting up. He said to check with
Cynthia Hickey (Melton)
Advertise.” When she left to pursue other things, she referred me to my current agent. Online connections are really important!