Ask Us First

Now more than ever, people are using social media to share their opinions and their anxieties. Sharing can be therapeutic and helpful. We all need to know we are not alone during this stressful time. Yet, in the matter of business concerns, social media can cause undue and unwarranted anxiety. …

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April Fool’s Jokes for Writers

It may be too late by the time you read this post, but April Fool’s Day is a good time to mention some ideas for writers who like to prank others. In my early days of writing full-time, my son knew far more about computers than I did. (That hasn’t …

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Free Publishing Q&A Webinar

With writers conferences being cancelled and many people under stay-at-home restrictions, I thought you might want to join a FREE Publishing Q&A Webinar that Thomas Umstattd Jr. and I will be doing this Friday, April 3rd, at 3 pm Central time. We did one on March 20th with little promotion …

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A Partnership

At our agency, we’re your partners, not your dictators. An author can argue that there’s no point in hiring an agent if you don’t agree with their strategy. To avoid disagreement over where your work is submitted, discuss all your plans with your agent, not only when you decide to …

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10 Writerly Things to Do in Quarantine

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant quarantine and “stay-at-home” orders have wreaked havoc (both excellent words, by the way) in the lives and routines of many. Writers may be in a better position than some, as we tend to self-quarantine even when there aren’t health reasons to do so. Still, …

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How Can You Manage So Many Clients?

by Steve Laube

I am frequently asked this question. It is perfectly understandable as many agencies carry a sizeable list of clients. A prospective client or even an existing one wonders, “Will this agent or agency have time for me?”

We post a list of our clients on the web site because we are honored to work with so many gifted people. Not every agency makes their client list public. It is neither right nor wrong, it is merely a preference. As of this morning we have over 150 clients on our roster.

Proper management of a client base is all about communication and work flow. The best metaphor I’ve been able to use to describe how a literary agency works is “We are like a major airline that is always overbooked but never flies full. But if everyone show up at the gate at the same time, we would be in serious trouble.”

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