Friday, July 13, 2007

Miss Snark's Greatest Hits (vol 17)

More Miss Snark:

Be nice to bookstore clerks and managers, they are your friends. I'd add librarians to that as well, and pretty much anybody else you meet. First off, it's simply good policy and it'll make your life easier and happier in general. Second, word of mouth sells books, and you're much more likely to get good word of mouth if you're pleasant, polite, and not overtly egotistical. If you're a writer, you're a public figure, at least on a limited level.

Don't work with fee-charging agents. Just don't. Nota bene, fee charging means reading fees, up-front costs, etc, and not the agent's percent or reasonable office fees taken out AFTER the checks from the publisher start coming in, though in the later case a negotiated cap on total copying fees and the like is not a bad idea. My agent charges no fees but his percentage.

Researching Agents. Who do they represent? Ask. Really. If they won't tell you, worry.

Don't do this. The value of "this" here is sending sample pages to a published author cold. This is good advice. I do read unpublished authors and offer advice, but only very occasionally and only where I have a previous relationship with the author.

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