Oh grand Snark One, forgive me I'm being rather nitwitish, but I am in need of your powerful wisdom. I have been recently shopping around for an agent; however, I must face the fact that I have never published anything, and that is seriously hindering my hunt. I would like to know if you have any advice on what types of work would be my best choice for actually getting published and that will please prospective agents. And at the same time, what kind of publications would make these agents snigger and pass me off like a peice of manky Snarkbait?
Thank you. By the way, you're going to get me into trouble at work. While I should be working, I keep sneaking back to your blog to read more. Thanks for the great reads. I heart Killer Yapp!
There is no Holy Grail for getting an agent's attention. It's not a matter of writing a particular type of work, or being published in a particular magazine. If it were that simple, it would not be called Publishing, it would be called "Filling Out Forms at the DMV". While Miss Snark certainly learned her interpersonal skills at the DMV, she does not work there and you don't either.
Suck it up fella. It's a matter of writing well. There's no secret. There's only hard work, frustration, learning and relearning. Reading this blog will not make you a better writer. WRITING will make you a better writer.