I Have An Agent, But Don’t Get Too Excited…

 

Um, wrong kind of agent…

 

DISCLAIMER: Please do not get über-excited near the end of this post. I appreciate your interest in my publishing life, but I don’t want you to get disappointed when you get to the punchline. It’s not wut u think. 🙂

Well, faithful readers, here I am. I was inspired by my wend Stephen today. He’s got a pretty busy life, from what I’ve read over on the Undiscovered Author blog. He’s married, has a kid (and an escape-artist of a dog), is going to school, has a job, etcetera! And still, he found time to post a big huge thing today on The Last Day.

Wow, Stephen! I figured, if you can fit that into your life, I can fit this one post into my life.

My manuscript has been a trial, and a practice in love and faithfulness. I have had to tend to this screaming baby on and off for the past 3+ years. It’s been a finicky baby. Here’s my story.

The initial idea that came to me was somewhat simple—ooh, a city underwater! I wrote the story, and it was a good length for what I was writing at the time. And yay, I finished a book! (A fairly rare occurrence for me, mind you!) Then, it came time to re-read it…oh my goodness, Mr. Cabit, what were you thinking when you wrote this? I asked myself. 🙂 (Come on, who HASN’T gone through that in their writing career?) So I rewrote it. Ah, a beautiful, long, rambly manuscript.

But then one day, my truthful beta reader gave me his honest opinion about what he thought of the thing. Eesh, was it really that bad? Time for another rewrite.

So, my third version was complete. Now, it needed to be published. It needed to be introduced to the world. Who would do it for me?

Ah, those query letters. I remember them so…well, er, unfondly actually.

I sent about sixteen query letters, and all of those who have written back have rejected it. A lot of them were very polite rejection letters. They were sort of “This-isn’t-my-kind-of-book” rejections. Granted, it’s a very unique book—not a typical paperback romance, true-crime murder mystery, ghosts-and-goblins fantasy flick, sorcery and witchcraft YA thriller, chick lit “giggler,” Oprah-Book-Club read, etcetera etcetera. I imagine there aren’t that many agents out there who would consider it “Their kind of book.” 🙂 Oh, but wait! There is one agent who would appreciate it…

And into the scene steps this guy. This guy is willing to take on the book, and submit it to a publishing house, and try to get it into print.

Yes, folks, my news is that I’ve ended my search for an agent. I have found an agent, and I don’t know if he’s going to be a good one, but it’s the one who’s accepted me, and I’ll have to work with what I have.

Hey, at least I will have saved myself 15% of my profits if I “Win.” 🙂

So, in conclusion, my manuscript is not dead, but my search for agents is. The quest is over, and it’s come full circle.

I am going to be my own agent!!!

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11 thoughts on “I Have An Agent, But Don’t Get Too Excited…

  1. If you want to continue your search for a somewhat more experienced agent at a later date… I’ve heard a number of times it’s startingly easy to catch such an agent’s attention when you can say in your query letter “I’ve got an offer on this book from so-and-so publisher”. Filling in “so-and-so” with the actual name of the publisher, mind you. Good luck in your endeavor!

    • Yes, I suppose a more experience agent would help me a bit more at a later date. But you’re right, I can see how that would catch their attention.

      On the other hand, if I already had a publisher hooked, I imagine that I wouldn’t need an agent.

      …?

      • Agents do more than just sell your work to publishers. They are also typically well-versed in contract-ese, and do a lot of negotiating on contracts for authors (i.e. trying to get publishers to pay more, that sort of thing, where possible). They serve a number of other functions as well, but many of those come later in an author’s career.

      • Hmm, interestingwill have to keep that in mind. Getting publishers to pay more would be quite nice, I will admit. Thanks! I guess it would also come in handy if I were ever in a press conference and got verbally corneredI could make my escape with a vague “Any more questions must be directed toward my agent!!” lol

    • Yep Tessa, this is the big news. 🙂 I wish it were more exciting…sources say he’s prone to distraction, and isn’t the best businessman, but he doesn’t give up easily.

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