Saturday, July 22, 2006

Am I At My Agent's Mercy?

Did you have any say in which houses your agent contacted on your behalf?

Yes. But I should say that this was an important factor to me when choosing my agent, so I knew that I would from the get-go. Certain writers have no desire to be part of the submission process or to be kept abreast of it. They'd probably love to be repped by Miss Snark. I, however, like to know the nitty-gritty - both the good and the bad - and thus, looked for an agent who was more collaborative. (I should also note here that I'm sure that Miss Snark wouldn't want someone like me as a client - she's said as much on her blog - so I'm certainly not slamming her here. It's just a reality and what works best for different personalities.)

So, when I was speaking with agents, this was one of the questions I asked: will you let me know which imprints you submitted to and which editors? Not only did my agent happily agree, she asked for my input, since I'd been through the submission process before. I already knew the names of a few editors who loved my work (and a few who didn't, ha!), and she readily submitted to them. Just one reason that my agent and I click so well.

4 comments:

larramie said...

While not yet on a familiar basis with editors, my reading -- lo these many years -- has created a list of dream publishers. In fact, my eyes POPPED when I saw TLFD would be published by Morrow (Harper Collins).

Dreams do come true, don't they? ;o)

larramie said...

P.S. I promise to get the book title, TDLF, down pat well before May.

Allison Winn Scotch said...

Larr- Hee! I didn't even notice. Trust me, sometimes I don't get it right either!

Sara Hantz said...

I can't even get my own name right sometimes. I noticed on a loop I'm on I'd transposed a couple of letters in my surname.

Still, that's not as bad as what I did to my son when registering him for a new school - put his middle name first and his first name second - so when he got there they were all calling him the wrong name (he didn't stay there long!!)