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Monday, February 11, 2013

Saying No to Considering Agents

As my Internet access is now pretty limited, future Link Blitzes will be postponed for at least a little while. I did have one link in my queue before I started work, however, and it's a good one!

Professionally Picky (Saying No to Considering Agents)

An excerpt from the post, written by Natalie M. Lakosil:

I had to resist saying “WE’re big boys and girls” here just because I can’t speak for every agent, but in my experience honesty is the best policy in this situation. My only caution would be against jumping on the first offer received, due to excitement, or jumping on the best-known agent without weighing the pros and cons of each you submitted to. But you did all that research before you queried, right? RIGHT?
I’m certainly not suggesting that you have to make this decision the second you get an offer. If you’re not sure, you’re not sure. But, if there are one or two agents still considering who you ARE sure wouldn’t win out over the offering agent, it’s definitely ok to pull your material.
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I've read several posts about actually getting the agents as of late, and I must say they've put a healthy perspective on my otherwise "rose-colored glasses," as Natalie describes it in her post. I was one of those willing to take ANY agent who would look at me twice, but over the last few weeks I've had to reconsider. If I get an offer (*cough* WHEN *cough cough*), I need to look at it objectively. I need to think long term, as do we all.

Thoughts?

4 comments:

  1. I know what you mean, Charlie. But I've seen many authors leave agents, even well known ones. So it is important to consider carefully.

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  2. Yes. I think it's important to make sure you have an agent that you really feel is right for you, but that can be hard because we all want an agent so bad. Okay - those that want agents. :)
    I haven't delved into the world of agents too much yet, because I think that may make me impatient. I want to make sure my book is ready before I start researching agents. It's hard at times, but I don't want to jump the gun.

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  3. I'm not to that stage, and I probably won't bother with an agent anyway, but I've heard wise people say you should be careful and a bit choosey.

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  4. I completely agree. Saying yes too quickly can lead to a big mistake.

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