Self-Publishing and Agents

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The Opportunities of Self-Publishing E-Books — Tips From the San Francisco Writers Conference

With each passing year, the prevalence of self publishing topics at writing conferences continues to grow. The 2012 San Francisco Writers Conference held true to that trend. By my count, one-sixth of the seminars centered around the topic of self-publishing. The anticipated industry evolution is no longer coming; it’s here. Data provided by leading...

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How I Got My Agent: David Kazzie

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. To see the previous installments of this column, click here. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a...

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From Self-Published Success to Agented Author

For a new writer, finding an agent sometimes feels like you’ve been sent on a snipe hunt. Other writers insist they are out there, tout the glories of bagging one, and share their wild adventure stories about when they got theirs. But are agents really out there? If so, how do you get one?...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Self-Publishing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up four articles on self-publishing. 1. Is it soup yet? Becky Levine raises the question: How do you know if your self-published manuscript is ready for primetime? 2....

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Agent Advice: Diane Freed of FinePrint Literary Management

This installment features Diane Freed of FinePrint Literary Management in Manhattan. Diane has been in the book publishing field her entire career, and with FinePrint since 2006. She owned and managed an independent publishing services company, edited reference books for U.S. News & World Report, and has coordinated book promotional campaigns for Time-Life Books. She...

My Thoughts on Seth Godin's Piece Regarding Literary Agents

Seth Godin, best-selling author and all-around successful business guru, recently posted a column called “Where Have All the Agents Gone?”  In it, basically, he talks about how “middlemen” such as stock brokers, real estate agents and travel agents are either dying or dead.  Then he wonders if literary agents are next. The point he’s trying...

Speaking of Agents and Self-Published Books

A few days ago, I got word from agent extraordinare Sharlene Martin about a self-published book she picked up and sold for big money in an auction.  (Congrats, Sharlene.) Media Bistro has the entire story, but I can sum it up by saying that the book is about a family’s experience with their daughter...

Querying Agents for a Self-Published Book

Q. What is the proper procedure for a self-published author, who is interested in finding an agent and going to a second printing with a mainstream publisher? Is it a faux pas to send previously self-published material to an agent?         – Xavier A. Xavier, you’re in luck because I wrote a big...

Querying About a Self-Published Book

The most recent issue of Writer’s Digest is all about finding an agent, and I was lucky enough to contribute three articles. One article in the issue is all about life after self-publishing.  See the whole thing online here.  It’s written for those who have self-published a book and want an agent to get...

Should You Mention Your POD Work in a Query?

Q: I just purchased the 2008 Guide to Literary Agents. I am an author of three books, all of them published by POD publishers. Looking at the agents’ requirements, some only except published authors. I am working on my fourth book and this one I would like to find an agent for. My question...

The Evolution of Agenting (2008 GLA Article Excerpt)

2008 Article Excerpt: With the recent news that Imprint Agency is now FinePrint Literary Management (see last post), I wanted to post something else related to the merger. The principal of Imprint is the great agent Stephany Evans, who, it just so happens, penned an article this year for the upfront section of the...

Recommended Life Stories and Memoirs to Read

As author Bob Mayer wisely put it, writers’ first books tend to be blood-lettings. What that means is writers compose stories about their own lives (memoirs or life stories) – for catharsis, or to just tell their story because they need to tell it. Month by month, I continue to see that everyone wants to...

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Agent Advice: Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary

This installment features Chip MacGregor, founder of MacGregor Literary in Portland, Ore. In addition to Chip's many years of agenting, he is also the author of several books and a veteran of the publishing industry. He is seeking: While his clients write in a variety of genres in adult fiction and nonfiction, each writes...