Dear Miss Snark:
Have you ever had a situation where you signed an author only to find he/she has an backlist of unpublished novels? I'm not talking a plethora of drawer books, but solid, decent titles that didn't find homes because the market turned or they just weren't breakout enough. How do you handle this? Do you deal with one at a time, or perhaps pitch a few, looking for a multiple book deal? What if you don't love the books as much as the one you signed the author on?
sorry, lots of questions, I know. I'm just looking for a glimmer of hope, here.
thanks in advance, juicy soup bone to KY.
KY says thanks for the mastodon soup: yummy!
Miss Snark says: I'm pretty sure every client I've EVER signed has a bunch of novels they think are good and that didn't sell. Generally the back list comes out for consideration when we're trying to find book two. I read them one at a time. So far the record is six: six reads to find the one I thought I could sell.
And I've had clients fire me cause I didn't like what they had up their sleeve too. Not fun, but from their standpoint, the right decision.
And I've sold books I didn't love.