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07-27-2006, 05:57 AM
Hi gang. It's my first foray into the memoir section, so go easy! :hooray:

I've been working on a story about the drug addiction in my family. I'm unsure how to proceed with the publication of this work, so I am looking into an agent this time around.


How does the agent and memoir mill work? Are there any exclusive memoir agents, or would an agent interested in a memoir also be interested in my genre work?

Writer's Market can be a little vague when it comes to agent listings, anyone know of a good site for the truth about agents?

I think that's enough questions for now!

Thanks in Advance!


07-27-2006, 07:16 AM
Welcome to the forum.

The best short advice for finding a good agent is this: Go to bookstores. (Do not do this step online.) Look at books like yours. Find out who agented them. Research those agents. When you have a list of good, reputable, effective agents who represent your type of work, start querying.

These are good places to start learning more about agents:
On the getting of agents (http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/004772.html)
Everything you wanted to know about agents (http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2005/01/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about.asp)
The Safest Way to Search for an Agent (http://www.sff.net/people/victoriastrauss/agentsearch.html)
Researching an Agent's Track Record (http://www.sff.net/people/victoriastrauss/trackrecord.html)
Writer Beware Blogs (http://accrispin.blogspot.com/)
Preditors and Editors (http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/)
Miss Snark (http://misssnark.blogspot.com/)
Also see the Bewares and Background Check board here on AW.

07-28-2006, 11:12 AM
Thank you aconite - great articles. I will bookmark this page ;)

12-22-2011, 11:48 PM
where are the agent names listed on books?

Wayne K
12-22-2011, 11:57 PM

Put "memoir" in search and you'll have a long list

Siri Kirpal
12-24-2011, 12:23 AM
where are the agent names listed on books?

Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

In the acknowledgements.

You can also go to querytracker.com, which has a list of who agents which authors.

The best website I've found, though, is agentquery.com. Try a full search for memoir, and you'll get lots of listings. You can also do a full search for memoir + something else, if your memoir bridges genres or if you work in several genres. (Most of us who write memoirs write other things too.) You can then check at preditors and editors, etc, to see who has the best rep.


Siri Kirpal

nancy sv
05-13-2012, 05:09 AM
I tried the bookstore thing and only found one author who thanked her agent out of the 20 or 30 books I looked at. Maybe I was looking at the wrong books, but how does one know which books will list the agent?

Siri Kirpal
05-13-2012, 05:34 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

What really works better than going into the acknowledgements is going into

a) agentquery.com and doing a full search for agents who handle memoir. You can refine it by searching at the same time for agents who handle whatever other genre your memoir touches. (I'm guessing health & fitness in your case.)

b) You can also go into querytracker.com and hunt for agents who handle memoir, then check to see who their clients are. querytracker has links to Amazon for the listed clients (nowhere near all the clients an agent has, though, so take it with some salt), so you can look at the books online.

c) You can also go into Writers Digest. There's a blog about agents.

d) aar-online.org also has lists of agents, though many of these are no longer taking on new clients.

Oh, and one little trick: you can google writers conferences, look them up and check the bios of the agents.

Good luck!


Siri Kirpal