Okay, adding agents to the people I now harass…

Agent Smith from The Matrix

“Hello Mr. Anderson.”

Having now met three rather interesting literary agents, I think I am ready to expand my ring of harassment to include potential agents rather than my previous strategy of sending query letters directly to potential publishing houses.

I admit that I had been swayed by the terrible reports from friends and acquaintances about the members of that group and their dastardly intentions, and that I had never actually met an agent myself.

The three I have met don’t seem to be evil, and since that is 100% of my current experience with the field, I am willing to give them a chance.

And let’s be honest, I’ve now sent query letters to TEN Canadian Publishers and only one has written back and that was 145 days ago (yes, I am counting, and you should all count with me if you are truly my friends!!).

Consider the circle widened! Open for business! Read my book! Or like Lisa says in The Simpsons when the teachers go on strike: “Grade me…look at me…evaluate and rank me! Oh, I’m good, good, good and oh so smart! Grade me!”

NB: If you are looking for a cool online way to count the days between two dates, I recommend timeanddate.com

 

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16 thoughts on “Okay, adding agents to the people I now harass…

  1. You probably know all this, but while you are looking for agents make sure you check out Predators and Editors to make sure that the person is legit. http://pred-ed.com/ Your agent should also be a member of an agents’ association such as the Association of Authors’ Representatives http://aaronline.org/ You can check their Canon of Ethics to read what agents can and cannot do.

  2. I sent out a couple of dozen query letters and got some rejections but mostly no reply at all, so I decided to go with the self-publishing route.

    I don’t think agents are evil, but I do think the publishing business has changed to the point that both agents and traditional publishers are less willing to take risks and less able to front the costs of promoting an author. I don’t think that self-publishing is necessarily the best option for everyone, but I think it’s an option all writers should at least investigate.

  3. I went with Amazon Kindle first and signed up for the Kindle Direct program, (which I am not sure was at all helpful), and then made a paperback version through CreateSpace, which is allied with Amazon. I am locked into an exclusive with Amazon until mid-October, and after that I will probably go through Smashwords which will let me get onto B&N and I-Book.

    What I have found talking with other authors is that for the most part authors who are published by traditional houses still have to the same kind of promotion that self-published authors do. There are groups for e-books on Facebook, GoodReads, and the like.

    One thing that a traditional publisher will do is edit, but there are really good freelance editors out there that will do as much or more as an in-house editor. (In my case, my mother happens to be one, and she did the line editing for free.)

    I did my own cover design, from a photo that was shot by my lover.

    All in all, I know I made some mistakes, but I think I learned from them. The process really has become very simple, which means unfortunately that there are thousands of self-published e-books coming out every month.

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