Q. It's time I started looking for an agent, but I'm wondering if geographical location is of any particular importance? Should I be looking for one nearby?
A. Close proximity to your home is not necessary, and is rarely the case. All the interaction between the two of you can be done by e-mail, phone, fax, or snail mail. However, if you are seeking an agent for the general market, you may want someone located in New York City, since that is where the majority of publishers are located. In Christian publishing, the publishers are more scattered, although there are larger concentrations of Christian publishers in places like Wheaton, Illinois or Colorado Springs, Colorado. Christian agents are as scattered as the Christian editors, so location is low on the list of important criteria when selecting an agent. Location is never as important as the agent's reputation with the publishers. Ask your writing friends for referrals to good agents.