I'm new to this site and in desperate need of speaking with someone who is well-versed in the arena of NYC publishing. I am a self-published author. I have published two novels since April of 2012 and have recently received offers of representation from two very respected agencies.
The problem is, both are boutique agencies and I can't find much about them online. What I have found is that they are both very esteemed. My dilemma is that one represents a lot of famous people, the agent is younger, and a man (which is not the target market of my books, so I questioned his ability to be passionate about the romance genre), but there will be a team of people at the agency assigned to help me with different things. He will work on selling the books, another person will work with me on creative if needed and the principal of the firm will be consulted in negotiations with publishers. They read my first two books and loved them, so they offered representation then asked to read another manuscript I had finished. I mentioned a friend who had a book deal with a publisher and right away, the agent threw out the name of the person at Penguin who penned the deal. He seems well connected. This agency limits the agent/client contract to 9 months if the books aren't sold, but with a 30 day "out" on either side prior to that.
The second firm is older and the agent is the senior agent at her firm. The firm doesn't list it's clients on their website as the first agency does, but I've found through my digging that they represented some major authors throughout the years. Major. They still represent the estates of some major authors and they handle subsidiary rights for some university press' across the country. She read my first book and then asked me for a partial of the manuscript mentioned above. She asked for a full then offered some ideas to make it better. The were good recommendations and I like her personality. There is no limit on the contract length. She said she doesn't believe in limitations like that and it's a relationship, not a book sale. "Plus," she said, "My clients don't leave me." (There is a 60 day "out" clause for either side), just in case.
Can anyone help me with this terrifying decision?
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