Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quandaries and Compromises


This week, I did something pretty hard…I parted ways with my agent, who was representing the first book in my werewolf thriller trilogy. It was all very amicable, but now, I’m stuck. Do I shop for yet another agent, or do I try to represent myself?

My thoughts are haunted by the saying regarding the legal system: ‘The man who represents himself has a fool for a client.” And yet, so far, the track record on getting books published is Jackie, 1: Agent, 0.

So, I’m turning to the good ol’ people poll…what do YOU think I should do? Should I get an agent, or should I do it my dang self?

Speaking of people polls, last week’s poll on indie stores vs. Amazon was a bit close; four votes for indies, six for Amazon. After investigating Indiebound.org and finding their affiliate program a bit too, um, elitist for my taste, I’m compromising. From now on, you will always find a link to my publisher to purchase Surviving Serendipity. Don’t worry; my publisher is small and independent, so you’ll be doing a good thing by ordering direct from them.


Buy Surviving Serendipity at Amazon or Quake Direct!

Beware the sound of crying children, watch out for the barmaids, and whatever you do, don't let the Pegasus spit on you.
Surviving Serendipity--http://www.sylvaniamania.com

4 comments:

nina said...

If you do half as good a job being your agent as you are doing being your promoter online, I think it is a great idea

Rose317 said...

how about half and half? you did fabulous the first time around with S.S. - and this most recent agent didn't do squat for you. so i think a different approach on the agent may be in order - someone young, new to the business, hungry. yes, they won't have many or any contacts in the publishing world, but they will bust their butt trying to establish them as well as make a name for themselves. couldn't hurt. also, someone new to the business will most likely accept a much smaller fee. you know i will help any way i can - just give me instruction. love ya!

Regan Black said...

Depends on what house your after, some require agents, some don't. And like, men, there are many fish in the agent-sea.

Sorry, couldn't help it.

Regan
http://www.regansrealm.blogspot.com

Iris Black said...

I'd go with the agent for now. In the long run, I think a good agent will be less stressful. You'll be spending your time on your books rather than on the phone with prospective publishers- you're agent will be the one doing the talking.

Good luck!

Iris
http://irisblack-author.blogspot.com