Pub Rants

A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

Article 4: Negotiation Tactics of Good Agents

As featured in our April newsletter, an agent’s most important skill is the ability to negotiate well on behalf of the author client. Authors hire agents to protect their business interests in publishing. This is why a literary agent has a job. Simply put, good agents do good deals on behalf of their authors. So […]

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A Story of Three Authors (A Cautionary Tale) by Karen Dionne

In a perfect world, every literary agent would be a fearless negotiator, working tirelessly to get the best possible book deals for his or her clients. But the world isn’t perfect. And sometimes an author’s career goes off the rails because their agent doesn’t have the knowledge, skills, or tenacity necessary to negotiate well on […]

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#NLAquerytip #9

Question: Why can’t agents simply skip the query pitch altogether and read the sample pages the author includes with the letter? Here’s why: One blog reader has called my series of query tip blog postings as a “much needed foot to the groin.” That certainly creates a visual! What they are really trying to say is that […]

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#NLAquerytip #8

FACT: Spending time perfecting your novel’s pitch in your query letter is the gift that will keep on giving for the life of your novel. Here’s why: In publishing, simply put, a novel’s pitch is not just used once. 1) Writer creates the pitch for the query letter to get agent/editor attention. 2) Agent signs author, […]

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Special Treat: Rhiannon Thomas’s Original Query Letter for A WICKED THING

To celebrate just having spent the day in York with Rhiannon, here is her original query for A WICKED THING that landed me as her agent. Dear Kristin Nelson: One hundred years after falling asleep, Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her […]

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