Agents

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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Penalty Flag: Illegal Use of an Exception

Maybe using the word “illegal” is a bit over the top, but at least it grabbed your attention! Because book publishing can be such a subjective or borderline mysterious field of endeavor, many authors respond to the uncertainty by hanging their hopes for success on something which could best be …

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How NOT to Get an Agent

It’s a classic writer’s conference anecdote—even funnier because it is true. It didn’t happen to me, but to a friend of mine, who was not only followed into the restroom at a writer’s conference by an avid aspiring writer but was also slipped a book proposal. While in a stall. …

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Unnecessary Work

Continuing with my series of “unnecessary” blog posts (last week Unnecessary Words), today we cover unnecessary work, which I define as making something more difficult than it needs to be. So you understand my worldview, I always take the escalator, elevator or moving sidewalk, I know all the shortcuts on …

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Agents Share Their Pet Peeves

Agents are people, too. Most literary agents, that is. And, like most people, we have our highs and lows. Our problems. Our irritations. Our pet peeves. I asked my fellow agents at The Steve Laube Agency to share their pet peeves with me for the purpose of this blog post. …

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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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