"Write a letter to an agent telling her how wonderful you are."
So, with my tongue partially in my cheek, but with all the honesty I could muster, I began:
Dear Ms. Dream Agent;
You don't know me, but you soon will. I am YOUR dream client. As of yet, I'm undiscovered (not sure why), but in the near future, that will change. YOU will find me.
I'm the kind of client every agent wants. Hard working, easy to get along with, not offended by positive critical feedback, and, I'm told, a lyrical writer. Best of all. . . I'm prolific!
I've written fiction and historical fiction PBs, three chapter books (one
Biblical fiction), an MG novel (WIP), and one historical Picture book in the process of converting to an early MG. So, you see, you will have much to work with. And I am not so blind to assume these are all submission ready.
And that is why I have chosen to submit to your agency. I understand you are 'hands-on' and communicative, and unafraid to give your opinion (with gentleness). I also hear you are well-connected, always looking out for the best publisher for your client's work.
You also have helpful suggestions for your client's platform, coming alongside even when that may not be part of your job description. And best of all, you LOVE my work, so naturally, it will be easy to promote me as an author.
Well, dear agent, I look forward to hearing from you soon. I believe we are a perfect fit, and will move together into 2016 with grace, expectation, and success.
All the best,
Jarm Del Boccio
What about you? What do you want in a dream agent? And what do you have to uniquely offer?