I signed with Faith Hamlin, a literary agent with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, yesterday. I found her to be insightful, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about Latino issues. I liked her temperment and comportment, too. She was also warm and I could tell that she is a supportive person.
I was happy that six of the 12 of the agents I had queried and sent my proposal to liked my book concept. Of those, four wanted to rep me. It was great having a choice. I wasn’t sure I’d even have one agent interested, let alone four. So that allowed me to be discriminating.
I had known that it’s important to find someone who believes in the book you are producing, someone with years of experience who has a reputation for getting good contracts.
But after talking to several who met all of this criteria I realized that you also have to LIKE the person. Well, some people say you don’t have to like your agent but to me liking a person is essential to having a good working relationship.
I won’t go into details about the other agents. They had their pluses and minuses but I really liked Faith. I’m trusting my gut on this. I believe in her.