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So, when I completed a second book I decided to contact the agent who had acted as representative for my first (disastrous) publisher.
(Small publishers often employ agents to sell their books to larger publishers. You won't get more than a few pennies of royalties, by the way, when this happens.)
After reading the manuscript, she gave me a call, agreed to represent me, and asked me for the following:
- Agents expect to have a salable book. What constitutes salable? Anything that can be successfully pitched. Work on your pitch before you contact an agent.
- Agents expect you to be “professional.” In the publishing world that means, “Don't take up too much of my time.” If you need to have your hand held, don't contact an agent (yet).
- Last, but not least, agents expect you to want to make money. (You'd be surprised how many writers simply want to express themselves!) Agents expect you to convince them “that you harbor a consuming lust for success and that you are irresistibly driven to do whatever it takes to make your books sell.”
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