Newbies Helping Newbies

I've just gotten an offer of representation. Now normally in this situation, you're supposed to ask questions like 'what have you sold'. This agency, however, is brand new. They used to be a very small e-publishing company, but are now switching over (their website says it's because they want to work more closely with authors, though I suspect the publishing thing just went under). What sort of questions should I ask to make sure that they'll be able to shop my novel effectively?

You could still ask what they've sold, just expect a shorter list. Ask how many clients they have. Ask whatever you'd ask any ol' agent. There are tons of agents out there who can shop your novel effectively--and still not be able to sell it--myself included, even with my 157 years experience. That's just how the manuscript crumbles. If this is the only offer for representation you get, then maybe give them a shot. Trust your instincts. If you have two or more offers, ask the same questions and make a decision. Just because an agency is new, doesn't mean they're clueless. Maybe AgentC is feeling generous today.


Anonymous said...

Now I'm curious. The only companies I know that go back and forth bewteen being "agencies" and "publishers" are the ones who decide there's a lot more money in being a scam agent than in being a scam vanity pub. Like Martha Ivery et al.... Are there others?

Anonymous said...

My question would be whether the agency offered to represent after being queried by the author, or if he was approached after submitting to the erstwhile epublishers or even out of the blue. If it was due to anything other than a query, I'd run, run for the hills. Maybe I'm paranoid, but I also have the same impression as Anonymous over yonder posting before me.

Sal said...
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Sal said...

The agency, formerly an e-publisher, is a one-person shop out of Manitoba, Canada. The agency's first client is an author who was published by the former e-publisher.

Over the years 3Sides Publishing has worked with a few authors that were interested in electronic publishing, as well as numerous writers who contributed to the eZines and to The Pagan Muse Fiction Contest. Through this work, and her own freelancing, Jodi watched her contact list grow, and currently maintains a friendly, working relationship with numerous magazine editors, publishing house editors and associates.

Do you have an idea of publishers you'd like to sign with? You should ask what connections this agent has with the publishers with whom you'd like to be published. If she doesn't have those connections, ask her what publishing houses she has a friendly, working relationship with.