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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Breaking Up is Hard to do

First, I'm in  Houston and the photos are of downtown (stock photos, not mine)!

For those of you out there that have secured an agent to sell your manuscript to a publisher, way to go! But what happens if you have a "nice" agent and they stop calling or keeping you informed of the hard work they are doing for you? Should you dump them? Should you hang on without the benefit of knowing what's happening? Here's some suggestions from Writers Digest to help you find an exit strategy from the agent who's forgotten you.

 If an agent seemes too busy to check in with you maybe they are:
  1. less experienced than you relaized
  2. have too many projects
  3. are dealing with personal issues

If you've allowed the agent a reasonable amount of time to sell your project, (4 to 6 months) contacting the agent and giving them notice that you'll be seeking other representation is not out of the ordinary.  Give them a 30 day notice, or the contract length of time you've both agreed to and move on!

Agents should give you regular reports about the progress they are making with your project and respond to any questions you might have. If they've not done that, maybe you've got the wrong agent! Don't feel guilty if they don't deliver on their promises. You've got a book to get published!

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