I consider myself very fortunate as a writer. I’ve had a literary agent since my first days of writing back in 2009. Of course, I went through a lot of rejection before that agent and I found one another. Still, it was a good experience, and I learned a lot from her.
A few years later, I felt that I needed to change agents in order to see my writing career grow in the direction that I wanted. It wasn’t an easy thing to do. It sort of felt like a “break up.” I have a tendency to avoid difficult conversations. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. The change was a good one for me, and I’ve been super happy to see my books appear on bestseller lists, in Walmart stores and bookstores, and most importantly in the hands of my readers.
I’m often asked questions about literary agents. Does every writer need one? What does an agent do for you? Is it worth the 15% you pay them? In my experience, it has helped to have an agent. An agent is an intermediary between you and a publisher. An agent is, or should be, your advocate. She or he represents your work, finds it a publishing home, and then helps negotiate the terms of your contract. Is it worth the 15%? Again, in my opinion, absolutely. Every author doesn’t need an agent, of course. It depends on your goals and where you plan to publish. Many indie authors are hugely successful without one.
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Recently, I again felt that it was time for a change. My second agent was fabulous, but I wanted to turn my writing in another direction, try my hand at a different genre, broaden my audience. And I had exactly one agent in mind who I thought could do that for me.
This week, I was thrilled to sign a contract with Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency (the very agency I started with twelve years ago.) Nicole comes to me highly recommended, and I was thrilled when she agreed to represent me. Can you tell I’m excited in this picture? Yup. I am. I will keep You up to date regarding new books coming your way. In fact, I should have an announcement about that in the next week or so.
Until then, blessings to each and every one of you. I hope–and pray–that your spring has been a good one.