Tuesday, August 26, 2008

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: The Futzing Stops Here

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: The Futzing Stops Here


Kimber An said...

Hi, Madison! I read your question at the agent's blog and thought it would be better to answer on your blog. My answer is - both! I'm about to launch my third novel into Queryland in two years. What I've learned is agents only accept clients whose novels they can sell to publishers who will pay lots of money for them, because that's how they earn their 15% commission. If I ePublished and earned no advance and only $10 in royalties for the year, my agent would make a whopping $1.50. That's not worth her time. Since agents and editors take many months to all respond (my first novel is still out to some places after two years) and publishing with a Big House is not priority to me, I will be querying agents and editors of small presses and ePublishers at the same time. Additionally, I've been around the block enough to know that the subgenre my book falls into is NOT selling right now, which means my chances of publication are practically zero anyway. I stand the best chance in ePubs because they don't have print costs to worry about and can take risks the Big Houses can't.

I'd say if you're writing in a genre/subgenre which is selling well right now, like Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, or Women's Fiction, then it would be best to start out querying only agents.

This is all my opinion, of course, based on my experience so far. There are lot more experienced folks out there than me.

Best of luck!

Madison said...

Actually, my story is fantasy, so maybe I have a chance at getting an agent. Thanks so much!