Want to find the writing agent that got your favorite book published? Read the acknowledgment page at the back of the novel. Why?
It’s often more reliable than a Google search to find the name of a specific author’s agent.
If you’re on the hunt for a writing agent for yourself and trying to decide who to submit to, pick up novels in your genre and flip to the acknowledgements. This is where authors give kudos to their agent, by name — and to their editor, and to who at the publishing house they like best.
Even if it doesn’t lead you to a signed contract, reading the acknowledgement page is a golden way to get a hint at who’s currently hot in the industry, what they’re doing, who they work with or like, and if they could be interested in your genre or style of writing.
Write the names down. Store them up. Google them. Find out if they’re accepting submissions. And if you get chat time with them, let them know you liked their client’s book.