July 24th, 2006

books

random things

Last night a bird (perhaps a swallow or wren, it was fairly small) flew into my window so hard that it broke its neck. It was startling and shocking and made me sad.

Over the weekend, I spent an early morning hour reading a book that I hadn't read in probably 15 years. And it stood the test of time. The magic was still there. I get so very little time for re-reading anything (submissions or otherwise) that it was quite a nice treat. A few years ago, I'd picked up another childhood favorite and only made it about 1/3 of the way through the book before deciding it didn't work for me anymore. Things that make you go hmmm.

Today's random thought: what is the most important factor or element or characteristic considered when writers make their target list for finding a literary agent? Really, I want to know. What's the most attractive quality an agent can shore up? And why?

ETA: What is the least important one?

ETA #2: So far I'm seeing many people say that previous sales and/or representation of books similar to the one the writer has written are the most important factors. What if the agent is new? Or if they want to branch out into another area (say, in addition to sf/f, they also want to get into mystery/thriller) -- how would they get the attention of writers in that respect, then?
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