Hi Ms. Snark,
Recently I was contacted by an editor at a small publishing house. I wrote a commentary for a newspaper and he was writing to let me know that he'd enjoyed my writing and was interested in me having my own single-author book. I'm really excited and this is exactly what I've been waiting for, but...I'm mystified and have so many questions.
At which stage do I need a literary agent?
Should I be content and move forward with this company or attempt to capture the attention of other editors (if at all possible?).
Because it's a small publishing house is there a chance that I wouldn't be as visible as I would with a larger entity ?I don't want to seem ungrateful, but I do want to do things properly and not make major decisions out of overwhelming excitement.
Did you think this editor is just the first in a horde of eager New York editors who are a day behind him cause they can't read the map and had to stop for directions?
You've got ONE guy who wants your work. That's it.
You need an agent but you probably can't get one cause there's not enough money in the deal. If you proceed, email me again and I'll give you the name of a contract review specialist who will review the contract for you. Don't sign anything without a publishing expert looking at it.
This could be a good opportunity for you. Sell the hell out of this, and you may well have a shot at bigger things.
Grateful is not a word you want to use in a business relationship. You have a good product; this guy stands to make some money if it sells. You can both be grateful if you want but it's not just a one sided dea..