STATUS: Some absolutely fabulous news today. I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter has just gone into its third huge printing. I’ll leave it up to Ally if she wants to reveal how many copies are now in print but it’s an impressive number! And today, I also sold the German rights to ONCE UPON STILETTOS. Go Shanna. Do you know she is a bestseller in the
What’s playing on the iPod right now? NON DIMENTICAR by Natalie Cole
Transitions go in waves—I’m telling you. Lately, every other Pub Lunch has a tidbit about an editor who has left one house to move to a new publisher.
And the agent dance wave is going on as well. In the last two weeks, I’ve received at least three emails from authors looking to leave their agent and are seeking new representation.
So, I have to talk about the reverse. Sometimes authors lose that loving feeling about their agents.
Last month I was perusing a chat forum and I was appalled to read about an author who blamed her agent for not getting enough money in the initial advance (even though, by her own admission, it was the only offer for the book) and she was convinced that that was why the publisher didn’t get behind the book for marketing/publicity (and that the agent didn’t do enough to force the publisher to spend the marketing dollars).
She fired the agent.
Oi, that makes my blood run cold. She blamed the agent for the advance not being big enough on the only offer made and for not forcing the Publisher to spend money. I don’t know any agents who can FORCE the publisher to spend the marketing dollars. What? Should I show up at their offices with a shotgun in hand?
And maybe there is more to the story but in my mind, there are lots of good reasons to fire an agent and the above ain’t one of them.
So, what are good reasons to lose that loving feeling for your agent and move on? You tell me and we’ll list ‘em (and maybe talk about some of them) tomorrow.