Saturday, July 21, 2007

Announcing My News

I had a different blog prepared in my mind, but I received a phone call, then my husband wanted the computer to print invoices, and then another phone call. So I got a little distracted. Therefore, I've decided to announce my good news. Last week I signed a literary contract with Hartline Literary Agency. I'm so excited! I'm looking forward to this new relationship in my journey to publication.

While this doesn't guarantee publication, it does increase my hopes and my faith that I'm getting closer. An agent can do so much more for aspiring authors and multi-published authors, than we can do on our own. Good agents can:

1. Review an author's work and suggest edits and/or revisions before submitting to an editor. This means your work will be at its best before it's shopped around.

2. Submit your work to a publisher that only accepts proposals from agents, published authors, and requests from conferences.

3. Get submissions into a different "to be read" pile than an unsolicited slush pile for those publishers that do accept proposals from authors without agents. This means your work is more likely to be read faster.

4. Attend conferences that authors may not get a chance to attend, has more networks, and knows more about the publishing end of things. They will have more opportunities to submit "unique" works to publishers that may be more open and flexible in the CBA market.

5. Give an author career guidance to help increase sells, marketability, and readership, etc.

6. Look out for an author's best interest in negotiating fair contracts and small clauses that need to be modified and/or deleted.

7. Nogotiate higher advances and percentages, as well as foreign and movie sells.

While this is not a complete list, hopefully it will give you some ideas as you contemplate whether or not you want or need an agent for your work. As we progress forward, I hope my list of reasons for needing an agent grows longer.



  1. Jenn,
    It's a joy to travel with you on your writing journey.

    Congratulations on your new agent!

  2. I agree! I'm thrilled to be along for the ride and hopefully, able to offer support and encouragement.
    Love and Snoopy Dances for ou,

  3. Congratulations, Jenn!! What a thrill. :)