I would love to hear more advice about finding an agent or if we really need one.
I’m planning to teach a Zoom course on this topic through ACFW on September 18. Here is their link: ACFW conference.
If you are planning to attend, I’d love to see you there. The conference offers, for a reasonable cost, many excellent classes and chances to connect with editors and agents.
As for my class in particular, here is the course description:
With many publishing options available in today’s market, the author’s path from publishing that first book to becoming an established author may not seem as obvious as in the past. Authors need a friend in the industry to navigate this market. That friend is your literary agent. Find out more about why you need an agent, how to get an agent, and what to expect once you sign with an agent. This workshop will lean heavily toward a Q&A format, so be ready with your most burning question!
In the meantime, briefly:
- If you want to break into a traditional publishing house, working with an agent is instrumental.
- If you are already working with a traditional publisher and would like career management, as well as someone to take care of the type of work you don’t want to do so you can have time to write, an agent is a tremendous help.
- An agent guides your career and identifies pitfalls in contracts. We handle all those sensitive negotiations so you don’t have to.
- Agents know about opportunities most writers don’t see and can let you in on those.
- Once you decide on working with an agent, investigate agents by visiting their websites and getting recommendations from your friends. Often we’ll pay close attention to a client’s suggestion. Following blogs like ours also helps you get to know us better.
For the entire series, click here: “Your Questions Answered.”