Category Archives: The Author-Agent Relationship

The Agent-Author Contract

Most people, I know, are intimidated by the ‘legalese’ in contracts, and will simply sign whatever is put in front of them. I’ve been a lawyer for thirty years and I do that sometimes myself. Not because I don’t understand … Continue reading

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Revisions

Now that I have an agent, I’m finding the relationship isn’t exactly what I thought it would be.  My agent wants revisions. In fact, not only does he want revisions, but his assistant has suggested some, too. And I’m betting the … Continue reading

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Why querying is like dating

I think most people who query get pretty tired of getting impersonal rejection letters and would love a little feedback as to what their manuscript lacks. I had a comment on one of these posts from someone completely frustrated at the lack … Continue reading

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How much work is it?

I was contacted yesterday by someone who had been referred to this blog who asked how many times do you have to query before you’ll land an agent? How hard is it? I was interested to see a number of comments … Continue reading

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The Offer of Representation

I’ve just received an offer of representation from the UK agent referred to in the posts below. We just got off the phone. We had a lovely chat about the things he likes in the book, but also what he thinks needs … Continue reading

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Is it really about who you know?

Let’s see: more than 100 rejections (I’m sure I have long surpassed Louise Penny, who likes to claim that particular honour). A shortlisted entry for the Debut Dagger but no win.  A long trip to the UK where the two agents … Continue reading

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