STATUS: So crazy today and it’s so late at night for blogging…
What’s playing on the iPod right now? BIG LOG by Robert Plant
When you have a deal on the table, don’t get in the mindset of “one stop shopping.”
I think it’s terrific to have your dream agent on the top of your list and by all means, be sure to contact him or her. But don’t stop there. A deal on the table is no guarantee that an agent will sign a writer.
Now it certainly helps the process along but an agent might still pass and as a writer, you don’t want to get caught without a back-up plan.
Now why in the world would an agent pass up easy money with a deal already on the table? Simple. Client lists are either full or the agent is really particular about what he or she takes on.
For me, I can like a project and see the merit but still not offer representation. I have to LOVE a project to take on a new client—especially if the project being offered on is a debut.
I often pass on projects with an editor offer already on the table if the project simply isn’t right for me.
But that doesn’t mean it won’t be right for other agents. So contact the dreams first but then have your secondary list fired up and ready to go.
It’s like applying for college. You pinpoint the dream schools but always have the “fail-safe entry” school as a fall back.