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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > How Twitter Can Help Writers > How can I find an agent using Twitter?

Index of topics: Main Twitter Guide For Writers & Illustrators page. To go back to my blog for kidlit/YA writers and illustrators, see Inkygirl. You can find me on Twitter at @inkyelbows (focus: writing and illustrating children's books) and @DebbieOhi (livetweets, chat, photos, personal ramblings). Also see my list of Other Useful Twitter Guides For Authors And Illustrators and Twitter Lists of: agents who represent kidlit/YAkidlit/YA editors, children's book art/creative directors and K-12/teen librarians on Twitter.

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Q. How can I find an agent using Twitter?

I've collected a list of some of the literary agents on Twitter as well as their assistants. I included the latter because literary assistants often get promoted to full literary agents. Some of these rep children's/YA clients, some don't. 

Browsing agents' profiles and tweets can often give you an idea of their personalities, what they like and don't like, what they're looking for, how much they help promote their clients via Twitter, etc. Checking out the list of people they follow can also be illuminating.

If you find an agent whose profile or tweets intrigue you, go to their agency's website to find out more information about submission policies. Most agents give the URL in their profiles. If they don't, do a Google search.

What NOT to do:

NEVER pitch an agent via Twitter unless they are having a pitchfest (where they invite authors to give a one-line book pitch via public Twitter for a limited period of time) or they ask you specifically. Pitching publicly without being invited can make you look like an amateur....not just to that agent, but everyone else who reads your feed.

Don't participate in a Twitter pitchfest before finding out the rules. For example, don't RT your friends or favorite their tweets to s how support -- that will confuse the process is some pitchfests because favoriting tweets is one way agents may indicate their interest in a pitch.

Some useful resources online:

The Ultimate Writers' Guide To Twitter Pitch Contests - by literary agent Carly Watters

PBPitch.com: Info about #PBPitch, a picture book pitch party on Twitter. Make sure you read their tips about How To Participate In A Twitter Pitch Party.

#PitMad info by Brenda Drake

5 Easy Steps To Being A Twitter-Pitcher - by Lisha Cauthen on Sub It Club

How To Find A Hungry Agent - by Alan Rinzler (post has Twitter focus)

How Literary Agents Find Talent On Twitter: by Daniel Vahab on Mashable.

How #PitMad Helped Me Get A Literary Agent (and tips for the next one): by Diana Urban

Using Twitter To Find An Agent/Publisher With Pitch Madness #PitMad - by Julie Valerie

Last updated on August 30, 2017 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi