By Jennifer Carr
I was recently having coffee with an editor in New York, who was giving me some advice (and a pep talk) about finding a literary agent.
One of the things she said was like lightning into my analytic brain: literary agents are like real estate agents.
They want to move a product and make a commission. If a literary agent told you she liked it but didn’t know how to sell it, what she meant was that she didn’t know how to sell it for a lot of money.
When I came back home and told my writing group what I learned, one member was disheartened at the news. And this surprised me because I had seen this as a watershed moment in my approach to queries and my work as a whole.