Surprise Opportunities: One of the benefits of having an agent
Blogger: Rachel Kent
One of the occurrences that we enjoy at Books & Such is when surprise publishing opportunities are presented to us that we can then pass along to our clients.
Here are a couple of examples:
1) An editor came to one of our agents and asked if a big-name author would be available to write a book on a specific topic. That author didn’t have time in her schedule for a new project so the agent suggested another client to fill the need.
2) an editor told us that he was looking for a book in a certain genre and wondered if we had an author who could write it. We suggested a few of our clients who were ready and willing to write that book; the editor picked the best fit.
3) A contracted author at a publishing house missed his or her deadline, and the editor filled the scheduling hole with a Books & Such client’s project because the book was already completed and ready to go.
I’d say opportunities like this pop up at least fifteen times each year. We love it when we’re able to match a publisher’s need with one of our client’s writing interests.
This does require a writer to be willing to write a book that isn’t exactly what he or she had planned and sometimes requires the author to come up with a storyline for a book really quickly or to change plans to meet a quick deadline. So it’s very important to remain flexible if you would like to an unforeseen publishing slot. These openings have allowed some of our debut writers to get books published that have then launched their writing careers.
Having a good agent can bring wonderful publishing opportunities your way. It’s because of our relationships with these editors and reputation in the industry that these opportunities are presented to us for our clients. I hope if you don’t yet have an agent that this blog will encourage you to keep seeking representation and, if you are already represented, know that this is one more thing that your agent is doing for you. While actively working to sell your current projects, we are also promoting you and your ability to write to fill unexpected publishing opportunities.
How flexible do you think you are? Would you be comfortable coming up with and writing a story with only a few days to plot?
What are some of your interests that you could write a book about without it being too much of a challenge?