2.20.2007

author pages at Publishers Marketplace

Hi Miss Snark,

I recently started subscribing to Publisher's Marketplace and noted a lot of writers have their own pages. They are all, of course, seeking agents. This is probably a silly question, but do agents actually look at this stuff? I would assume you couldn't possibly have the time nor the need to search for clients this way.

Thanks!



I don't look for clients that way but if I happen to google you cause you queried me, your Pub Mkt page comes up and I'll go look at it.

I do know however that people DO search these pages and the offerings page cause I've gotten calls from editors myself.

28 comments:

Bonnie Shimko said...

Not all authors at PM are looking for traditional agents. It's also a way to showcase your work. For example, a Chinese agent noticed my first novel on my page, contacted me and the publisher and then sold the rights to a Chinese house. The Chinese edition was released in November.

Ryan Field said...

Way to go Bonnie! I'm going there next fall and I'll look for it :)

Anonymous said...

I have an agent--and a PM page. I'm using it to showcase the manuscript on submission and my short fiction credits. Whether or not an editor sees it is a different story . . .

I do know a writer who had a big-name agent contact her after seeing her PM page. She's now with this agent.

Michelle Moran said...

I can't speak for everyone, obviously, but when I first put up nmy PM page I had 2 agents call out the blue, and it didn't seem like it was unusual for these agents to do so. Anna Ghosh, the agent I have now at Scovil Chichak Galen, wasn't one of them, but I found her through PM.

Sheila said...

So would it be a nitwit thing to have a PM page if you are unpublished (except for a short story or two?) and looking for an agent?

Dr. Hack said...

Creating a PM page taints the artistic purity of your project.

You're supposed to write a manuscript, lock it in a fireproof safe, and wait for someone to recognize your genius.

If you debase yourself by doing this kind of shameless marketing and advertising, no one will respect your work.

Michelle Moran said...

Sheila,

I had a PM page as an unpublished author (actually, I had one publishing credit, but it was a foreign sale in Germany). I would certainly create a page, but only if you have a completed novel (or nonfiction proposal) polished and ready to go. I don't see the point of having a page before that, unless it's to network with other writers or blog.

Anonymous said...

So would it be a nitwit thing to have a PM page if you are unpublished (except for a short story or two?) and looking for an agent?

Of course not! That's what a lot of writers do. (Notice some of the comments about agents approaching writers with PM pages.) If you're paying for the subscription, why wouldn't you put up a PM page?

Of course, you can't expect agents to find you this way. You have to query them!

Bonnie Shimko said...

Sheila, not nitwit at all if you're looking for an agent. Go for it!

Dr. Dume said...

I'm with Dr. Hack. You have to be buried with your manuscript. Then, in some distant future where everyone speaks only in text-message language, an archaeologist will dig you up, pry the book from your crumbling fingers and finally discover what all the other letters on the keyboard are for.

Otherwise you just get rich and famous in your own lifetime. Honestly, who wants that?

He's right. Nobody will respect your work. They'll just keep on giving you money.

Oh, the humanity!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know about the Rights Offerings" section. Do agents and editors look at that? Sometimes the offerings are posted by the author and often by agents. who looks there?

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, since we're on the topic of PM, Charlotte Gusay just updated her agent page over at PM.

A quick check on P&E reveals that she charges a fee and is Not Recommended.

Although PM is a great resource, it is no guarantee -- nor does it claim to be -- that a listed agent is above scamming clients.

I'd love to see Dave, Victoria, MS and the folks at PM weigh in on the above statement. Is it correct?

Sheila said...

Thanks Michelle and Bonnie! I'm going to look into it :-)
Sheila

Victoria Strauss said...

Charlotte Gusay charges a $35 "processing" fee for submissions. The temptation for abuse is obvious, and Writer Beware has gotten some reports that do suggest the agency may be using this as a money-generating device. However, Ms. Gusay has a pretty substantial commercial track record going back over a number of years.

PM does list a number of marginal/amateur agents, and has listed some scammers--for a while, Cris Robins of the fee-charging Robins Agency had a page on PM. I wrote to them about this, and they basically said that if someone chose to pay their membership fee, they weren't going to turn them away.

I can't think of a SINGLE agent listing or market resource that doesn't have some bad or at least dubious apples (including the AAR membership list and the much-praised Everyonewhosanyone.com). Don't assume that an agent's inclusion on any list is an indication of reputability. Always do some extra research.

Mark said...

I remember sending a screenplay to Gusay back in the late'90s. I didn't pay a reading fee for a verdict, but I would have had to if I wanted critical feedback.I declined; always a good move in my view.

Anonymous said...

"Charlotte Gusay charges a $35 "processing" fee for submissions."

I've heard about this, but don't know much. The only thing I ever heard was that she does have a good reputation...and didn't she operate a bookstore on Melrose for years? I could be wrong.

Twill said...

Okay, now I'm just confused. I looked at Everyonewhosanyone.com and thought it looked

- ahem - *stares awkwardly at keyboard looking for polite synonym for* - ahah! -

eccentric rather than "much praised". Was that a joke?

Or am I a clue target?

Robin S. said...

Good stuff to know. Thanks.

Ryan Field said...

To "twill"

Whether or not you need the clue gun depends on who you are talking to about everyonewhosanyone.com.

Personally, I love good old G. over there just because he is eccentric, which I'm sure he'd interpret differently.

Mark said...

I heard that too anon i.e. store on Melrose. I remember an office on La Cienega, from the stationary but naturally I never went down there.

Anonymous said...

Um... Miss Snark has been gone for three days and I'm going into withdrawal.

Anonymous said...

Um... Miss Snark has been gone for three days and I'm going into withdrawal.

No, she can't be gone, because she's approving comments several times a day. So I'm assuming she's just really, really busy. Unless KY knows how to release comments from moderation, that is.

But I do have to agree that the withdrawal is getting painful.

kitty said...

Are you okay, Miss Snark? Is KY okay?

I hope you're very busy making oodles of sales :)

Carrie said...

"Um... Miss Snark has been gone for three days and I'm going into withdrawal."

Ditto.

Anonymous said...

Me too. Now I've no excuse not to write.

CP said...

A true public service is being done here daily.

Says me.

CP.

A Naughty Miss said...

I'm going into withdrawal

Now I've no excuse not to write.

Oh dear... Has this been happening to you?!!

Hello, my name is A Naughty Miss, and today I rewrote two rejection-begging scenes into kick-ass tension page-turning mayhem, and I owe it all to this: [holds up shiny probably-ozone-destroying aerosol can] Anti-Internet-Distraction. [insert "happy" arpeggio]

One spray a day (okay, sometimes a few sprays), and it will fool your keyboard and monitor into believing you've been reading Miss Snark's blog, when in actuality you've been [dramatic pause] writing! [insert dramatic/hopeful chord. Queue rainbow effects, and...butterflies]

It really works...really! [add sparkle to annoying teethy-constipated smile] And I should know, because I'm not just the president of Snarkaholics Anonymous... Okay, okay, I'm not really the president; I'm not even a client, but whatever. [sprays monitor and keyboard with shiny ozone-destroying spit from aerosol can] But I am somebody. And I'll be even more somebody someday. Just you wait and see!

r louis scott said...

Oh, she's probably off with that Clooney guy.

Honestly, I just don't see what she sees in him when guys like me are around here all of the time. I mean, I know she doesn't represent my genre but still...