Agent #pubtip soapbox time! Today's unsolicited lecture for authors is on COMPARING YOUR EXPERIENCE TO OTHER AUTHORS', something I need to gently discourage one or more of my clients from doing every day. I am subtweeting all of you. And myself. It's so tempting.
Today’s #pubtip wisdom comes from an unrelated post on @RachelJSimmons’s excellent Insta. Selling and publishing a book can be, ah, intense reminders of how little control you have over other people’s opinions and purchases.
Re the Nora Roberts title mess: authors, if you ever want to serve a publishing beef, bring it to your agent before Twitter, please. Less chance of embarrassing yourself; greater chance of satisfying sympathy rage and behind-the-scenes gossip. #pubtip
Eternal #pubtip: when you get a pass from an agent, please don't ask them for names of other agents they should talk to. And if they are nice enough to do so, *please* don't exaggerate this as a professional endorsement in your next query.
Like most lit agents, I only use Twitter to network professionally. I don't respond to friend requests or messages on FB, Insta, or (existential shudder) LinkedIn unless I know you. Not personal! I just don't want to share Fam Anna with strangers. #pubtip
A real winner of an opening line in my query box this AM: "I’m exploring literary agents to see if they are mentally equipped to understand and market my book." Sounds like I'm far too stupid for this one! #pubtip
Bruce Van Horn @BruceVHHe who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. - Friedrich Nietzsche pic.twitter.com/zOrw1rCKqo
...And he who has a "why" to read can bear almost any filler paragraph. Writers, particularly of nonfiction: there's no more important thing you can do to sell your work than explicitly tell your reader why it matters. #pubtip
Thing I am thinking about again today: I don't think I've seen a single good book idea in my career that hasn't been at least medium-similar to 2-3 other ideas I see within 3 months. The zeitgeist is so real, and platform and voice are 98% of everything that matters. #pubtip
julia cheiffetz @jcheiffetzGreat list by publishing genius Jon Karp. twitter.com/publisherswkly…
Very similar to the thought process agents like me go through when thinking about what to rep - and useful for writers to read. #pubtip
Michael J Seidlinger @mjseidlingerWednesday afternoon book porn. @TwoDollarRadio @groveatlantic @AkashicBooks @GraywolfPress @PutnamBooks @riverheadbooks pic.twitter.com/a3xGtWBxHc
Calling it now: rainbow paint smear is to 2017 book covers what neon green was in 2016. #pubtip