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Finding a Literary Agent is NOT so Easy!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hi Fellow SPers,

I am finding that it is not s easy to find a literary agent. I just finished up my first novel, and I really want to get it out into the world. Apparently, with the downturn in the economy, agents are being very selective about the clients they take on. Being a first time author makes it all the harder. The worst part of the whole process is the waiting. On the average, it can take anywhere from 2 weeks t 2 months to hear from a prospective agent, and I am not the most patient person in the world!

Has anyone gone through this process? Anyone know any angents? LOL!

The good news is I'm not eating over all of this. Plus, I don't give up easily. I'll keep you posted on my journey towards finding an agent. Wish me luck.

Lisa
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  • TANYAD2010
    Try www.blurb.com...it is quite popular now. Self publishing with quality.
    4175 days ago
  • LADY_KATHY
    I only wrote a chapter in a book so I couldn't help you. : (

    On the other hand.. you look GREAT and I'm proud of the progress you've made. : )
    4266 days ago
  • NDIRISHLOVER
    I've also heard of people doing the self publishing thing and then doing pretty well. Good luck!!
    4266 days ago
  • WISTFULVISTA
    I have no advice, lovely Lisa, other than to hang in there! Congratulations on completing your novel! If you persevere, I'm sure you'll get that agent. Best of luck to you! - Susan
    4303 days ago
  • COLEMANSR
    I know it will happen for you. Much success.
    4325 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Lisa, I am going to self-publish mine and market it myself. I know you'll get it out there soon. Best of luck. (What shows did you see during last LV trip? I want to go see Cher as soon as temps subside. Not sure I'd want to live in Vegas, but I receive regular email of homes for sale and the prices are amazingly low. WOW!)
    4326 days ago
  • TIPPIMITCHELL
    I know someone who self-published, got an ISBN number and sells his books over the internet. Seems to do pretty well (it's nonfiction). He sells his stuff on lulu.com, among other sites, but I think it's lulu.com that set him up with the ISBN number.

    I know someone else who's published about a dozen nonfiction books. They retail for $12.95 and up, and she gets a whopping 25 cents for each one that sells, plus she has to do her own marketing (e.g., she calls book stores to arrange signings).

    I have had an agent for my television shows, and he was also well connected in the publishing world, so you might want to think a bit out of the box. Actually, he's famous. I read an article about him, called him up, he admired my chutzpah, we met, and he helped me so so much. So, they're out there!

    I know about the iteration process of publishing and agents; it is frustrating. Good luck and hang in there.

    Thanks for inviting me to join SHOOTIN4STARS.

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    4326 days ago
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