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Redux: To Deal Or Not Deal Lunch?

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STATUS: Soon (she says hopefully) the accounting upgrade will finish and life will be happier.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? CARUSO by Paul Potts

Someone in the comments section was nice enough to provide a link to my former post on this topic. When I took a look at it, I realized there were a couple of other reasons why an agent might not want to post sale news on deal lunch that I hadn’t included.

So, other reasons to keep the news on the down low (so to speak).

1. An author may be concluding a contract with one publisher but has already sold and established a new contract with a new publisher for future books. In order not to lose support from the current publisher, the author might prefer that the new sales information is not shared.

2. An agent has just sold a timely book project on a hot topic that might have competing titles in the works. The sale is kept under hat so as not to tip off the competition. The point is to hopefully have this title release before the others do. (This is more of an issue with nonfiction than fiction.)

If I think of other reasons, I’ll share.

5 Responses

  1. Music Critic said:

    What song is that? I have to admit, I’m stumped. Never heard of it. It would be unfair to rank it. Sorry.

  2. Melissa said:

    Makes total sense. I scanned book sale news to find out if there were any other modeling YA books coming out around mine, and found some! But I’m into the “rising tide lifts all boats” theory, so I let my competitive side go (a little) on those.

    Paul Potts is quite a mood setter!