- try adding a few quirky facts on your ‘about me’ page
- make your contact details very clear
- try adding a post on your writing aspirations, with a prominent link, as publishers and agents want to know you are in it for longhaul
- if you have any radio & tv podcasts, include clips, ideally showing you being fresh, engaging, smiley & holding your own
- Industry knowledge – they know what people are looking for and what will sell
- Negotiating skills and getting a deal
- Acting as a sounding board; it’s much better to run an idea past your agent before investing too much time in it
- Understanding of all the legal niceties
- Career progression – agents earn from what you earn so are motivated to help
- A query letter (to show who you are)
- A synopsis which includes the ending (to show it is a good story)
- The first three chapters (to show you can actually write)
I blog on writing and creating amidst the chaos of family life at www.catdean.com and I’m working on my first novel, sadly only between the hours of 5am and 7am before the children wake up! As well as struggling with effortlessly balancing family life with creative pursuits, I have something of an obsessive-compulsive disorder regarding stationery. I also make a mean batch of scones and am equally at home fiddling with words, wool and pixels.
I did an MSc in multimedia way back when people still said ‘the world wide web’ and I’ve freelanced and/or lectured in new media since then. I love writing and this year I was delighted win the National Galleries of Scotland ‘Inspired? Get Writing! Creative Writing Competition’; to have a short story published in Gutter & The Scotsman. I’ve also run workshops at Aye Write! and Write Now 2012 been shortlisted for the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and read at Edinburgh International Book Festival.