Agents!

Last night I gave my first SCBWI talk alongside Janet Gurtler, author of the much anticipated YA novel, Weight of Bones due out in Spring 2011. The topic? Agents!

During the discussion, I covered what Agents are, what they do and what type of writer would benefit most from having one. Janet did a spectacular job of describing the process that occurs when an offer is made right through to negotiating the deal. It's amazing how hard agents work on the writer's behalf, securing rights, royalty rates and negotiating the advance. And really this is only the tip of the iceberg! (I found a neat 'mock negotiation' between editor and agent at Ingrid's Notes if you're curious about what the process of making a deal looks like.)

We also looked at the query process from researching agents, writing and critiquing queries to things to ask during 'The Call.' Finding the right agent fit is not always easy and requires a lot of thought for both parties involved. It's not enough to find an agent who can be a passionate advocate, they must also have strong communication skills, a compatible working style and have a strong network within the industry.

All in all, it was a really informative session, and I think everyone came away with a good idea of what it's like inside the agent relationship. As part of the session, Janet and I compiled some 'must have' resources for anyone on the agent/querying path, including a list of questions to consider before signing on the dotted line.

If any Musers out there would like a copy of these handouts from the session, fire me an EMAIL and we'll be happy to share them with you. :)

27 comments:

Jan Markley said...

It was a great and informative session! Thanks to both of you!

beth said...

I'll be emailing you soon! This is really kind of you. Thanks, Angela.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Wow! Your blog continues to be an incredible resource for writers in every stage of their journeys. Thank you! (I'll be emailing, too.) :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks Jan! It was nice seeing you again last night.

Beth and Katrina, expect a mail ASAP :) Hope it helps you both.

Kittie Howard said...

Your blog is an incredible source of information. Thank you! I also enjoyed the very informative link you provided. I'm a bit curious as to why the agent gave up the e-book rights, a very lucrative market.

Joanna St. James said...

Sending the email in a mo. Thanx this is really helpful

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Thank you, Angela, for always providing every possible kind of help. You are the best writing resource I know of. :-)

Joanna St. James said...

sob I cant find your email, your profile page is being mean to me, and im thinking your plague is all gone now.

Kristi Helvig said...

Oh, I'd love a copy of the handouts. I'll email you. Thanks, Angela! :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You two did an awesome job last night! We all went home a lot smarter because of it. :D

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh, I'd love a copy of the notes. How generous of you to offer.

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks everyone :) Joanna, I snagged your addy from your blog and sent you the handouts. :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Agents are invaluable. I don't know why I ever thought I could make it alone.

Elana Johnson said...

Sweet! I'm glad it went well!

Bish Denham said...

Wish I could have been there! I'll be talking to you about your notes....

Janet Gurtler said...

It was fun teaming with the Book Muse!

Kelly said...

Thanks for your generosity to share with us!
And very cool that you got to share your knowledge with other SCBWIers at the meeting too.

Diane said...

Excellent information. I am revising my query letter currently and would love a copy. My e-mail is estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

Marcia said...

I've already fired off that email. What a generous offer!

Clarissa Draper said...

This is really cool. Many are wondering what agents are useful for because of the new publishing changes but it's good to know they still have our back and you have great resources for those looking for one.

CD

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks, Angela...I've already sent you an email. You are such a great resource to aspiring writers... :-)

Slamdunk said...

Nice work with the talk. It sounds like you are offering great resources for writers.

Amie Kaufman said...

Sounds fantastic, thanks for sharing! Will be emailing through for those once I'm back from holidays!

Patti said...

It was a great night and very helpful. Thanks for putting it on.

Laura Pauling said...

Sounds like it was a great session to attend!

MT said...

It sounds like it went really well! Congratulations! I'll be emailing for a copy too. I appreciate the offer. :)

GutsyWriter said...

Thanks to your post, I've subscribed to Ingrid's blog. You are wonderful to share your information with all of us. Thanks so much.

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