It’s Just Business Tuesday!
I’m going nuts and hope you can help me! I have a book that’s currently out on submission – with some partials and a full out. That’s great, but the submission process for that book took so long that I’m almost finished with my next book. I don’t want to start sending out new queries for a different book and maybe catch the eye of one agent with one book and another agent with a different book. (Especially since the books would hit different markets.)
Should I just stop obsessing and start querying? Or should I wait?
You have me obsessed! What are you waiting for?? Get that story out there!!! And here’s why, the process, as you have already experienced, can take freakin’ forever and who is to say you will snag an agent with the book that’s already out there? And even though the work may be different markets, a well-rounded agent reps all of an author’s work. And for the sake of argument, let’s just say two different agents do ask to rep each book, in that case you need to explain the situation to both, get their feedback, or do some more research (and as an aside and this goes out to everyone: Always research an agent before you query them) and pick one for the full scope of your career. Chop, chop, Obsessed, get that work out there!
Okay I want to stress the do your research first thing (and Obsessed I’m not implying you didn’t but as I answered your question it made me think of many who do not).
So, why on earth would you submit work to an agent you did not research? I mean this is your career! I cannot tell you how many times I have seen this in a subject line: Need Agent Help Now! Then to open the email and read: Agent So and So requested a full of my romantic suspense, does anyone know anything about her???
Signed, Desperate for information!
That, my friends is just really bad business. And there is no excuse for it. Do. Your. Research! Look at an agent’s author list, contact their authors. Check PM for deals. Check Predators and Editors for black marks. Ask questions. Lot’s and lot’s of questions. And when an agent offers, ask more questions. Ask for their author list and their author’s emails to contact them. If they will not give them to you, walk away. They are hiding something. Also agency contracts? They are not written in stone. If there is something you don’t like strike it. It’s your career, and you have the right to be comfortable with your agent.
Okay, ‘nough said.
Ciao for now,