Michael Stackpole explained during an interview with us at the Central Coast Writers Conference. A writer, game designer, podcaster, and regular conference speaker, Stackpole had an answer at the ready.
Stackpole has more than one writing agent at this point in his career, including a bi-coastal arrangement that gives him representation with publishing houses in New York and the television and film industry in Los Angeles. In fact, with more than 40 novels under his belt, including the wildly popular I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON Star Wars Universe Books, Stackpole has boots on the ground just about everywhere.
Perhaps that’s how he became a multiple New York Times Best-Selling Author, Parsec award-winner for “Best Podcast Short Story,” Topps’s selection for Best Star Wars Comic Book Writer, and an induction into the Academy Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame.
Those accolades alone should convince you that his advice is good!
So, according to Stackpole, sending your work out to friends and trusted mentors should be step one in your process to find a talent agent for writers. Step two? We have some ideas:
Learn what to do with your final draft screenplay
Find out where to submit your screenplay once it’s ready to go
Figure out the difference between writing agents, managers, and lawyers
Understand what a literary agent will be looking for in your writing projects
Learn how to sell your screenplay with or without an agent
Remember, literary agents will all be looking for different qualities in their represented writers and different kinds of work. The most critical step in finding an agent is finding a person who will represent the work the way it deserves to be represented. Lean on your network to find a writing agent who is as passionate about your style and abilities as you are. Your work is worth it! Although it may be tempting, don’t settle on just anyone who says they want to work with you. Always keep in mind that they’re in this to earn a living, just like you are.
The more you know, the better luck you’ll have. Happy hunting,