Recently, the Romaniacs were offered a challenge. It wasn’t cake based (although it has to be said that we are world famous for our capacity for eating scones and are expecting the Guinness Book of Records to be in touch very shortly). No; this gauntlet was thrown down by the dynamo that is Harry Bingham of The Writers’ Workshop. He wondered if we would like have a browse around his fabulous new website – Agent Hunter – and give the viewpoint of a bunch of aspiring writers.
Well, The Romaniacs are always up for a challenge, and we are no strangers to languishing on the slush pile from time to time, so we dived in. We are generally very impressed with this new facility, but I’m going to shamelessly steal some snippets from the site to give you an overview first:
|Who is behind Agent Hunter?
Agent Hunter ( http://www.agenthunter.co.uk/ ) is the creation of The Writers’ Workshop, the UK’s largest editorial consultancy for new writers. The Writers’ Workshop has superb contacts with literary agents and is constantly helping its writers secure representation and book deals.
A comprehensive list of all literary agents and publishers. Not just in London, but across the UK.
|Create your own search filters to find agents who want work in your genre and who want new clients.||We supply rich data on every agent: contact info, bios, photos, links, submission advice, and much more.|
|We’ve asked agents to give us their likes and dislikes. No other database has this info.||You can save your searches and use them for your submissions planning.||Try us for free! An annual subscription costs just £12, but you pay nothing if you cancel in the first 7 days.|
Now for The Romanics’ opinions:
We really like the filter system for narrowing down the right agent for your genre. The site looks comprehensive, user friendly and informative.
Two small points to consider – we would like an option on the left hand side that says ‘Don’t mind’ or ‘Unimportant’, when asking the things like how many clients we’d like the agent to have, and all the other questions like that. Also, under ‘Agent Experience’, we think it would make more sense for the answers to be ‘less than 5 years’, ‘5 – 10 years’, ’11-15′, ‘More than 15′ – for example. We all really like the agent/agency bios. It’s a very user-friendly site with good links to other information/pages i.e The Writers’ Workshop. The FAQ section seems to have most things covered.
Agent Hunter seems to have given the whole searching for an agent or publisher nightmare a more personal feel. It can be very daunting trawling through various books and websites for specific agents/guidelines. We think the subscription fee is very reasonable too. The mailing list option is also good, to stay in touch with latest news/offers.
Overall, we think it’s a great idea, and it certainly speeds up the search for a relevant/suitable agent. It has given us all a good feel for which agent to pitch to, and has actually tempted us to submit.
Thanks, Harry, for the opportunity to explore this exciting new website – we’ll probably bump into you in there as we hunt for the ‘Look into the agents’ living room’ button and search for the coffee shop facility.