Finding a GOOD agent.

A while ago I wrote a post about Graphic Novel Literary Agents. After reading all your comments I realized I was focusing to much on the subject of agents and not enough on finishing my graphic novel. Even so, I still want to share some good information I’ve found. It’s linkage overkill so be prepared to read. If you just want the basics of what I’ve learned then here are the following quotes. They are all from Teresa Nielsen Hayden and can be found in Neil Gaiman’s article on the subject and the links within.

“A bad agent is worse than no agent at all. A really bad agent is worse than not being a writer.”

“The easiest time to get an agent is when you’ve just gotten an offer on a book. The editor phones you and says, ‘I want to buy your book.'”

“If you’ve got an offer, you can get an agent. If you don’t have an offer, you don’t want the kind of agent you’re likely to get.”

“Don’t start by looking for an agent.”


So there you have it. I’m just going to keep focused on finishing the best graphic novel I can. When the time comes for me to find a good agent I will know because I will have an offer from a publisher first. If I don’t get an offer then, who knows. But that’s another story.

For those of you who want all the info you can find on agents, here are some good links. Niki Smith has made a great list of graphic novel agents that she keeps updated on her blog here:


If you have an agent in question then make sure they don’t have any bad marks on this list:

Predators and Editors

Another great resource with extensive articles and links is Colleen Doran’s website:

Graphic Novel Agents: Cartoonist/Comic Books/Creator Resources

You can find links to these articles on Colleen’s site as well.  I found these particular ones very informative:

How to spot a bad agent by Teresa Nielsen Hayden:

And one of the best articles is on Neil Gaimen’s blog here with almost to much to dig through:

Let me know if you have any other useful links, bad agents to avoid, good agents to recommend or encouraging success stories on the subject.