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Hi Deidre. I'd be happy to write a post about my agent experience. Could you give me a deadline? And if there are specific questions you'd like me to address (besides the ones you gave me), let me know. Thanks!
And you still want to be friends?! Yours is a kind soul. Mine, being somewhat more nefarious, wants to take advantage of our shiny new friendship just the tiniest bit; permit me to do some shameless self-promotion:
I've been bad, Deidre. I hope you won't be too harsh with me, but I've published sans agent or publisher. The book that was turned down by every agent in the world that handles historical fiction has had 6,000 downloads on Amazon in the first two months. I know a great agent can do great things, but making that match is harder than signing up for eharmony.com! Best of luck to you and everyone searching for their own Holy Grail. Andy
Hi thanks for the welcome! I'm still in the process of writing my novel at the moment, so I haven't ventured into the challenge of finding a publisher! However, I will definitely stop by your group, when I'm ready to do so!
Thank you for the welcome and the tips. I have not had much luck with anything other than self publishing. I have one short story that is published in an online magazine and another that will be published in an anthology next year but no luck with my novels or my own short story collection. I will definitely check out the links that you recommended. Thanks again.
I have hunted for an agent for a long time, but in the process have turned down several as well. Getting the perfect match is very hard work. My latest release that I self published is THE REJECTION LETTER which has a serial killer targeting literary agents. Yes, no agent wanted to touch it, but many people love it.
Thanks, Dierdre. Sounds like a great idea! It's really tough to keep sending your work out over and over. I tried to get an agent/publisher for my book The Box of Daughter: Overcoming a Legacy of Emotional Abuse for over a year, and finally gave up. I've published it on Kindle, and the print version will be out in January. But I do have another ms I'm working on, and will probably get back to you when I'm closer to finishing it. Good luck!
Thanks for breaking out the welcome mat, Dierdre! I have been through a couple of agents - my first was a doozy. I tell our story here: http://jsharrison22855.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-was-client-of-melanie-mills-part-i.html. Ironically my publishing deal with Harper Davis for my debut novel, "Hack" was sans agent, and came about as a result of pressure from a network of fans. It was funny because the publisher felt I should go out and get another agent and get a "bigger" deal, but I was burnt out on the drill and basically said "let's get this first novel out and take it from there." Anyway, more backstory at www.jebharrison.com. See you round the water cooler! J
Thank you for the welcome. I got tired of form letters from publishers and agents, so I took the advice of author Mark Levine and went the self-publishing POD route with Book Locker for my first novel, Soul Awakening. Probably right up your line? I was really happy with the way I was treated by Angela Hoy and her staff.