Well, I made a mess of things. Again. We authors think that the world is just waiting to read our words; pregnant with the possibility of changing the world into something new and fresh and redeemed. When, in fact, our words can carry hurt and convey the wrong meaning.
I deleted today’s post as soon as I heard from one of my agents. Here is what I meant to say in a way that will not offend anyone.
1 -- Check out your potential agent before you sign a contract. Not all agents are above board and honest. Most are Godly men and women who want to serve the Lord by bringing you, the author, to a matching publisher. But, check out the testimonials. Talk to the clients of your prospective agent.
2 -- Check your contract carefully. There may be hidden costs involved in using an agent. You may have to pay for editing a book proposal, for instance. Or, you may have to pay for postage above a certain level although in today’s world, most book proposals are sent via email.
3 -- Communicate, communicate, communicate! The expectations of the author are usually not nearly as down to earth as the reality dictates. The agent has been around the block and knows the business well. If you have a good agent, listen to your agent. Trust your agent. But, make sure you are both on the same page!
4 -- Don’t ever write a blog entry talking about your former agents! Bad form! Even if using a pseudonym! I never want to hurt a fellow brother or sister in Christ. And, the failure of my relationship with a former agent must always be on my back. If I pay attention to those first three points, then the relationship will grow and strengthen. My failure as an author continues to be a failure if I don’t learn from it!!
What do you think? How did you find an agent? What do you recommend when searching for an agent?