ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Write a Novel in Six Months, Week 16 Drafting Update: Looking for an Agent

Updated on November 3, 2008

Each week that passes brings me closer to a completed first draft of my novel. That is absolutely amazing to me! It’s been rough going at times, but the idea that I will soon be able to touch an actual novel that I wrote is mind blowing! And slowly, it is becoming just that – a novel as opposed to a big mess of words. It may not be a GOOD novel, but it will be a NOVEL. And soon!


Decisions, Decisions

I went to a writers’ conference last summer that was produced by a small press. It seemed clear that part of the purpose for the conference was to identify writers that the company may want to publish. It was a very friendly atmosphere and we were all invited to submit our work anytime. We didn’t need an agent. However, the leader also told us that if we wanted to hit the New York Times Bestseller List, we probably needed a big publishing house. And if we wanted to get in there, most likely that would be through an agent.

My philosophy is start at the top. Therefore I’ve had my eyes on agents ever since I decided what to write about. But now’s the time to get serious. Why? Time really flies. In January I’ll start sending out queries to agents, but by spring or summer I hope to meet some in person at one or more writers’ conference pitch sessions. Now’s the time to figure out who to target.

How Do You Find an Agent?

I gave a method for researching agents in Week 5. It’s really a matter of knowing your genre and who works in it. But when it comes down to it, there are practical matters to consider as well. I’d love to submit to a superstar agent whose clients drink champagne like I guzzle Diet Coke. I dream of selling the movie rights to my book and watching Debra Messing toss out my one liners. But back here in Reality Land, I need to work smart.

I’m looking for agents whose clients have had some success, but who don’t represent so many authors that I’ll just get lost in the shuffle. Also, an expression of a strong commitment to a writer’s career is a bonus. How can you tell who’s for you? Check out their website, and if you’re lucky you can find an appropriate agent who blogs.

These are the two I’m reading so far:



Granted, these may not be the right agents for you, but I guaranteed you’ll learn a LOT about the business of publishing from their posts. And maybe, just maybe, that magic connection that gets you an agent, that gets you a major publisher, that gets you a bestseller, that gets you on the Today Show, that gets you up close and personal with Matt Lauer. Because we all need inspiration for new material, right?

How to Write a Novel in Six Months, One Writer’s Journey

Week 1, Mapping Out the Six Month Plan

Week 2, Resources on Structure

Week 3, Index Cards Are My Friends

Week 4, Sketching Characters

Week 5, Researching Agents

Week 6, Outlining

Week 7, Detail Scene Beats

Week 8, Writing the Synopsis

Week 9, Drafting Update

Week 10 Drafting Update

Week 11 Drafting Update

Week 12 Drafting Update

Week 13 Drafting Update: Writer’s Block Week 14 Drafting Update: Appreciating Plot and an Awful First Draft

Week 15 Drafting Update: Formulas and White Space


Submit a Comment

  • Lela Davidson profile imageAUTHOR

    Lela Davidson 

    10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Thanks Serenity! I will add both of those to my list! And thanks for the encouragement. I'm back to plotting this week and it's always a challenge. I can use all the kind words I can get. I hope you'll see me on the shelves too!

  • profile image

    Serenity Live 

    10 years ago

    Nathan Bransford has a good one as well at He's based in San Francisco. He often has great information - a lot of opinion too on what he prefers. And he's very funny. My agency just started a blog as well. It's very new and not very full yet. They are Good luck, Lela. I just think this is a brilliant Hub series, and I hope to see you on the shelves one day and say I read you "when".


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)