Simply knowing that an agent is for you isn’t enough to make the relationship work. Sure, it can help, but there are also several other deciding factors that come into play when realizing you have a good literary agent. When you find one, consider yourself lucky, and enjoy the partnership on this long, yet, wonderful journey you are about to embark on.
So how to you do you know you’ve found a gem of a literary agent?
THEY STRIVE FOR GOLD
While it’s not entirely impossible to find the perfect, beyond perfect publisher for your book since hardly anything in life is ever completely perfect, when an agent is able to score you a perfect for you publisher, their stock certainly rises. Sometimes with just reading a few words on a page, an agent knows exactly who he/she should submit the novel to, and that’s not just the sign of a good agent, that’s a sign of a great agent.
No one is ever going to be more excited than you about your novel, well perhaps your parents, maybe, but that’s about all out of the general public. That doesn’t mean people are being mean or unsupportive, it’s just that your writing and novel are just that-yours, and not theirs, and there is a certain level of excitement that can’t be reached when something isn’t your own. But, if you have an agent whose excitement mirrors yours about your novel, then obviously, you have a keeper.
Between the telephone calls to publishers and clients, the emails from publishers and clients, and the hundreds, if not thousands of query submissions that an agent deals with everyday, if they make sure you feel connected to them then they are a good agent. Sure, you don’t, or shouldn’t, expect them to drop everything they are doing, just to appease you, but if they respond in a timely manner take is as a wonderful sign you have a good agent.