Querying & Agent Tips of the Week (Misc Questions for Agents)

Hey guys, since you already know what I’ve been currently working on (Strawberry Sunrises for NaNo), I thought I’d go ahead and skip to the next topic. Today I will be covering a few other questions for agents. Again, this is coming from the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents.

Picture Source: serc.carleton.edu
Picture Source: serc.carleton.edu

 

From “Agents Tell All–FAQ: On Other Agent Matters”

1. Do agents hold out for a good deal on a book, or do they take the first acceptable offer that comes along?

– If an agent feels they can demand more, they should hold out. However, usually the editor who makes the first offer is the most enthusiastic and understands the book thoroughly, which may make them the best editor and in-house advocate for the book. The highest offer is not always the best deal for an author. The enthusiasm, commitment, and support from the publishing house can often mean more than just money in your bank account.

Agents help their clients make the best possible decision and want their authors to accomplish their goals.

* The above tips are from Laura Langlie, founder and literary agent.

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2. What advice would you give writers who have their work rejected by agents?

– Don’t fire off an emotional, counter-response. Use the opportunity to find out why it was rejected. As long as it is polite, it is not rude to ask for detailed feedback following a rejection. Agents may be able to give advice or point out issues that an author may have missed. This could also lead to a referral or a request to resubmit.

* The above tips are from Brandi Bowles, literary agent.

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3. Do agents only sell your work or do they do other tasks such as assisting to edit a manuscript?

– “I can only speak for what we do at our agency, but it’s been a long time since any good agent I know has just sold books. Agenting is a full-service business. We edit an author’s work before it goes out on submission in order to optimize its chances in the marketplace. Sometimes we offer editorial support once the book is sold and the acquiring editor is unable or unwilling to edit. We like to think that our role is to “cause” books to be published, and for that to happen, we need to be involved in every step of the way.”

* The above tip is from Miriam Goderich, founding literary agent.

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That’s all for today. I hope you find it helpful!

 

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