The Appropriate Application of Stalking Etiquette

Stalking is tricky. There are rules.  First of all, don’t stalk people. That’s how I look at it. I like to think of it more as stalking profiles. In the publishing world, writers are advised, encouraged, even commanded to stalk. We must know who we are contacting before we contact them. It is a brilliant suggestion. If agents are digging through thousands of queries and a third of those aren’t even something that they want to represent, then they are wasting time looking at junk. That is time that they could have spent reading a query that was a match for them. This is important to you if you are one of those matches. Agents have less and less time to really look at queries because they are spread thinner and thinner by the mounding piles of time sucking slush, slush that never should have arrived in their inbox to begin with.

So, we are told to do everyone in the writing world a favor by knowing who we are sending those queries to. Start with their website. Learn all that you can about what the agency wants in a submission. Then, chose an agent who wants what you got. Next, research them. Find out what they have to say. Agents often do interviews on blogs, writer sites and even Youtube.  Listen and learn. Find out who the agent represents that writes what you write.  Show  your agent-to-be that you know what they are looking for, and you have it too.

Stalking? Researching. Potatoe/Potato. Read their tweets. Follow their blog. Know who you are dealing with and then put your best pitch forward.

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