How to Find and Approach Your Dream Agent OnDemand Webinar

How to Find and Approach Your Dream Agent OnDemand Webinar

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  • You are a writer ready to query your first novel
  • You are a writer who can't get past the form rejection
  • You are a writer looking for an edge when querying
  • You are a writer nervous about pitching in person


Finding and approaching an agent is often overwhelming and intimidating. There are thousands of agents representing hundreds of subgenres-which one is right for you? How do you make contact without closing doors?

This live presentation presents resources and tips for authors on narrowing down their field of agents to query, prioritizing what they want from their representation and how to ask for it, crafting winning query letters, pitching successfully at conferences, and avoiding common mistakes when approaching agents.

Adriann Ranta has been an agent for nearly a decade, representing many debut authors and seeing their books through to successful publication. She's read millions of query letters, been pitched by thousands of authors, and attended countless conferences-this presentation is a culmination of the patterns she's noticed about the memorable techniques and embarrassing mistakes authors often make when querying their work.


  • Where to find agent listings and their specialties
  • How to match your book with an agent's tastes
  • The techniques for making publishing connections (and why they often aren't necessary)
  • How to avoid unethical or uncommitted agents When conferences are worth the cost (and when to save your money)
  • The elements of a successful query letter
  • How to pitch in person Common mistakes authors make when pitching to agents and how to avoid them


Adriann Ranta is an agent at Foundry Literary + Media. She represents New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, journalists, illustrators and graphic novelists, as well as cultural commentators, stuntwomen, makeup artists, and many other pioneering creative thinkers and leaders in their fields. She is actively acquiring all genres for all age groups with a penchant for edgy, dark, unusual voices, unique settings, and everyman stories told with a new spin. She loves gritty, realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world; women's fiction and nonfiction; accessible, pop nonfiction in science, history, and craft; and smart, fresh, genre-bending works for children.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arizona, Adriann's first introduction to publishing was at The Editorial Department, a freelance editorial firm based in Tucson, AZ. After making the move to New York, Adriann spent two years at Anderson Literary Management and six years at Wolf Literary Services, before moving to Foundry in 2015.

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