FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our clients fall into two categories: experts and writers. Sometimes the two overlap. For example, we represent many journalists who are experts in one particular subject, as well as a few doctors who are leading researchers in their field but who also happen to be strong writers.
We look for any number of things, including an original voice, an unparalleled expertise or take on a subject, or a timely topic that publishers can’t refuse. It also helps if the client’s biography makes him or her uniquely suited to write the book. Are you the only person out there who is qualified or experienced enough to write what you want to write?
Yes! In fact, more than half of our clients are first-time book authors. But most of these clients either have some form of writing experience (such as writing for national newspapers and magazines) or have risen to the top of their professions.
Yes, but if you receive interest from another agency, we’d appreciate notice of this so we can consider your proposal in a timely manner.
Yes. Feel free to send another email to firstname.lastname@example.org, as we constantly monitor this account. Please do not call or visit the agency unless we’ve asked you to do so.
Do your homework. Read book reviews. Spend time in a bookstore. Figure out where your book would fit on the bookshelves. Find ways to differentiate your idea from the competition, and ask yourself what separates your profile as a new author and your book topic.
Understand that your success will likely hinge on your ability to market your book—and yourself as its author. For more information on how to improve your proposal and platform, check out books such as The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, and Create Your Writer Platform, by Chuck Sambuchino.
No. We travel to New York regularly and have strong relationships at every major publishing house. Keep in mind that your relationship with your agent will likely last longer and be more important than any relationship with an editor or publisher. You want an agent you can trust and feel comfortable with, and you want to make sure that regardless of where your agent is based, he or she is selling books to credible publishers on a regular basis.