For the First Time Ever

For the first time ever I’ve decided to begin pitching some of my stories to literary agents. I’d love to hear from you as to which of my stories you liked the best. It may help me to decide which to pitch.

I’ve done quite a bit of research about writing query letters and have identified several literary agents that appear to be most interested in the kinds of stories I write, but the odds are daunting. Some agents say that they only represent two or three out of every one- or two- thousand queries, and many don’t accept queries at all.

With Love,





About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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12 Responses to For the First Time Ever

  1. Way to go, hope you get some interest

  2. mimijk says:

    Good luck, Russ!

  3. Sending you lots of luck. Good for you! The more ‘rejections’ a writer gets, the better writer he/she is. Many agents don’t even send ‘rejection’ e-mails anymore, though. They just don’t respond at all. :-0 But we, your readers, think you’re great.

    • russtowne says:

      Your kind message means a lot to me, Pamela. As a twice-published author you understand all the feelings that are coming up for me as I take this next big step on my writing journey. Thank you for brightening my morning and for your kind encouragement.

  4. Wish you the best. I don’t have idea ONE, but look forward to reading about your agent adventure.

  5. Annika Perry says:

    Russ, best of luck with the pitches. I suppose the work starts trying to research which ones are most likely to be interested in the stories. Fingers crossed and let us know how you get on. 😀

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Annika. Yes, between learning how at approach literary agents, and identifying which ones are most likely to be the best fit with my work, I’ve probably invested 25-30 hours just in research, and that is only for children’s picture books. I haven’t even begun the much larger projects of doing the same for each of my other fiction and non-fiction genres.

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