Monday, June 25, 2007

Rocky Balboa and Rudy T

There are those agents that submit your book to twenty editors and then drop you and the project if it doesn't sell, and then there are those who stick with you no matter what. In general, I've always tried to be the latter. Let me tell you though, it ain't easy to do. It's heart-breaking, expensive (since we don't collect on expenses until we sell your book), and unbelievably time-consuming, and since the break-through deal is usually not for that much money, there's very little initial pay-off.



Now I'm not saying it's any easier for the author. In fact, I imagine its quite a bit harder (especially on the "heart-breaking" front). But the bottom line is that pain heals, while quitting lasts forever. In honor of this, I'm going to solicit from a few agent friends some of the more extraordinary and heroic agenting stories and post them on this site.

More to come...

4 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

COOL idea, Jonathan!

Is it okay to ask an agent, when you are discussing working together, which style of agent they are, or is that just too rude, do you think?

Writers' Support and Inspiration said...

Posting those heroic stories is a great idea. I'm sure they'll be inspirational!

Heather

Anonymous said...

Great idea!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Anonymous said...

Terrific idea! This is something I really want to hear!