Agency

Your Part in Your Agent Relationship

Some writers want to work with an agent, but even after securing representation, don’t always take full advantage of the help an agent can offer. Agents appreciate authors not wanting to be high maintenance. However, it’s better to keep us in the loop than to leave us out. The expression, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies to so many situations that can occur!

Manage Expectations

Lots of new authors aren’t sure what to expect. They’ve put in the hard work writing a book, but may be clueless to the nuances of the business. That’s why we’re here! Take our hand and let us be your guide.

Read and Understand Your Contract

Agents are here to help you understand anything about your agreement that seems mysterious. We appreciate that you trust us and might sign any contract we put in front of you, no questions asked. But I want my clients to understand what they’re signing. Ask questions. I’ll take the time with you that you need.

Let Us Help You Juggle Commitments

Many agented authors find they need help in juggling commitments. This is a happy “problem” of being a successful author. We help you with troublesome contract clauses that can limit your career, and handle tricky situations that can happen when talented authors suddenly find themselves in high demand. Let us take the hit while you remain the sweet author toiling away to make all the publishers happy!

Your turn:

What do you want your agent to do for you?

When has an agent been especially valuable to you?

 

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Six Questions for a Literary Agent

1. What should a client expect from you as an agent? That I will work hard. That I will keep on top of the ever changing marketplace. That I will maintain my integrity as a businessman of honor and honesty. That I will protect your interests. That I will tell you the truth, about the industry, about your writing, about your ideas.
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A Year in Review – A Look at 2017

I find it a healthy exercise to review the past as it can be encouraging to note progress and look at the foundation for the future. The Industry Our industry continues to create tremendous books but few new ones “break out.” It is hard to gain the attention of readers …

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The Gift of Readers

I thought it apropos to talk about gifts during this Christmas season. There is one gift in particular that has been given to us year round. You. As a reader of this blog you give us the gift of your time, energy, and attention. According to Google Analytics there have …

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Rumor Control

I was talking with an editor this week who asked me, “How are things going? I hear that your agency is barely making ends meet and that you’ve had to take on other type of work to survive.”

I must admit that I was so startled by this rumor that words nearly failed me.

“Where did you hear that?” I exclaimed.

“Oh it was at a recent writers conference and folks were talking, and your name came up.”

At the risk of sounding defensive, let me set the record straight.

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Variety is the Spice in an Agent’s Inbox

The other day a writer asked me, “Describe a typical work day for you.” I choked back a laugh and said, “There is no such thing as ‘typical’ in the day of a literary agent.” There are many things that repeat. Royalty statements, new deal negotiations, contract evaluations, reviewing client …

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Tamela Hancock Murray Named Agent-of-the-Year

We are very excited to announce that during the recent ACFW (American Christan Fiction Writers) annual event, Tamela was named Agent-of-the-Year! ACFW has the largest gathering of Christan fiction authors in the country. I can personally attest to Tamela’s abilities and her success. She is an extremely hard worker who …

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Send Simultaneous Submissions or Not?

Bryan Mitchell asked, “What is the max number of submissions you should send at a given time? I’ve heard ten but that sounds off; to me, it seems it should be less than that if you are carefully considering the agents you reach out to.” When approaching agents I encourage …

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