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Agenting 101 (Hiatus)

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STATUS: Crazy day. I sent out a project on Monday and got an offer today. Love that.

What song is playing on the iPod right now? VOLCANO by Jimmy Buffett

I’m really sorry. I literally have to be somewhere in 10 minutes and there’s not quite enough time to blog.

I know you are dying to hear about the option clause.

A little teaser.

The publisher wants the option clause to be as broad as possible.

An agent and author want the option clause to be as narrow as possible.

Of course!

Until tomorrow.

6 Responses

  1. Kostya said:

    Kristin, thatnks for interesting posts! Good agent is author’s best friend. Too bad you are not representing Personal Growth. Will have to look farther for an agent for my friend’s book about using Power of Love…

  2. Cindy Procter-King said:

    Darn, a hiatus! I’m trying to figure out how to narrow an option clause right now. Both the work on offer and the work in process for a different publisher are contemporary novellas. The only real difference I can pinpoint is that the one on offer is way more erotic than the WIP, so I’m thinking of restricting the option clause to “next erotic” or “next erotica novella” rather than just “next novella.” How sticky can you get? The other publisher I’m targeting is more what I’d call “sexy romance.”

    Looking forward to hearing your take on option clauses.


  3. MTV said:

    Since this seems to be a break period from the 101 Class, I’d like to ask: Does anyone know anything about Bill Thompson, the guy Noah Lukeman cites for becoming an agent himself!

    Apparently, Thompson as an editor discovered Stephen King and John Grisham but seems to have disappeared.

    I’ve done some searches but they dead-end around 2000. Is he still editing or did he become an agent?