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Topic: aspiring novelist

From: Sheri Strobaugh
Location: Mount Vernon, WA
Date: 03/12/2011

Hi Greg,

If you could give 3 biggest pointers to an unpublished author on how to get a great agent, what would they be?

I have heard that going to writer's conferences is highly beneficial so I am attending my first conference in April.

The internet has SO much information on the best way to "snag" an agent, it's almost too mind boggling.

I thought of you and all of your wonderful novels and was hoping to get it straight from the horse's mouth.

Thanks so much, Sheri

Re: aspiring novelist

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/10/2011

Hello, Sheri! Good to hear from you. I think the best way to snag a great agent is to write a number of very good books, learn the market place on your own, make contacts at conferences and by visiting New York or wherever the agents gather. But the main task is to write great books, and then, in time, agents will learn about YOU. (Is that three? OK--one more. Don't give up!)

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