Thursday, June 28, 2007

More to come...

I hope you enjoyed Ted's piece, and I'm expecting to post at least at least ten more by the end of July - just keep checking in from time to time.

On a different note, I was asked recently why I don't list my specific clients, their books and awards, or recent deals on my website. Well, the single biggest reason is because I just opened up my new agency at the end of January. I've made a number of sales since then (June has actually been an awesome month), but the contracts aren't done and I certainly don't have cover art to post. Also, what awards do I list? There are so many awards out there, and a few of my clients have won or been nominated for more than 50 regional and national honors, so I'm concerned about the commitment it will take to list them all. And what if I miss something? Now I've managed to piss off one of my clients. I guess other agencies develop some type of criteria for this, but I haven't settled on a proper formula yet. Finally, its just time consuming, and I have enough on my plate (I know, blogging isn't helping on that front).

Some time in the next year I'll get this page set up, but in the meantime you can always check the numerous resources out there available to authors, such as Agent Query or Publishers Marketplace. In the past I haven't always posted my deals on these sites, but I will start doing so now.

I guess the point in all of this is that don't assume that because an agency doesn't list their clients or their books on their website that they aren't doing deals or have a good client list. Some agencies don't simply because they have too many clients and awards. Others are old school, and just think that information should be private. And others just opened their shops, like me, and will get around to it eventually. If you do a thorough search of the resources out there, you'll still be able to get this information relatively easily.

1 comment:

Josephine Damian said...

Errr.. Mr. Lyons, I thought maybe you'd have an assistant to enter all that data for you?

I'm a trained paralegal. Too bad I don't live closer. :-)

Keep the blog posts coming. I'm learning a great deal.

Best,
Josephine Damian