|Missy, Natasha and Mary|
Included in those prizes are books from: Robin Lee Hatcher, Tamera Alexander, Maggie Brendan, Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Patti Lacy, Candice Calvert and Dorothy Love. Also from Natasha's Seeker clients, Mary Connealy (me), Julie Lessman, Glynna Kaye, Myra Johnson and Missy Tippens. We're winding down our Birthday Party month and what a great way to add a splash to the last weekend before the announcement of the big Netbook giveaway.
Winners of todays drawings will be announced on the Weekend Edition NEXT week, Nov. 5th.
And now, without further ado, (which means I'll shut up and let Natasha talk!!!)
here is Superagent (my nickname for her) Natasha Kern.
What Writers Should Expect from Agents
By Natasha Kern
|Myra and Natasha|
I inform new writers about when to call me about problems by providing an extensive packet of information right away. With all the current industry upheavals and new opportunities there can be a lot of confusion. How can a writer feel more empowered?
|Julie with Natasha|
|Robin Lee Hatcher with Natasha|
|Natasha and Tamera Alexander|
|Margaret Brownley and Natasha|
|Debra Clopton and Natasha|
The agent should provide contact information for several clients so the author can learn more about the agent’s workstyle and interactions with writers and publishers.
The agent can provide examples of sticking with writers through thick and thin because ‘thin’ times are bound to happen. Would the agent drop a writer if there isn’t a sale in the first year? What will happen if the initial work is rejected everywhere?
|Patti Lacy and Natasha|
On a recent panel at a conference I attended, we were asked what the most important thing an agent should look for in an author and vice versa and two agents said they expected to have a friend. My comment was that in this day of tight family budgets, I don’t think any writers need to pay 15% of their income for friendship. And what are the expectations of this ‘friend”? Take care of the kids if you are sick? Do you want your broker to be a friend—even if he loses your retirement savings? I do have clients who are close friends, soul sisters, prayer partners—but that is not what you should look for.
|Dorothy Love and Natasha|
An agent should support and advise you whenever trouble arises. It can come in the form of: an editor leaving; a book being postponed or cancelled; family problems; you cannot meet a deadline; you want to change genres; your line is dropped or publisher goes out of business; market changes; a terrible cover or jacket blurb that could kill the book (I request changes on the majority of covers; rewrite the majority of blurbs); you have a career hiatus; your contract isn’t renewed; there are problems with the marketing plan for your work (which your agent should always review with you and work on with the in-house team) you face personal bankruptcy; your rights are due for reversion and you don’t know how to get them back or what to do with them. Three of my clients have had cancer in the past year and needed amendments or extensions. Who will handle your literary estate? Does the agent have a strong team of co-agents in Hollywood or subagents worldwide? Does she work with scouts, attorneys, auditors and other experts who can support you? Can she help you to publish ebooks as part of her services and part of your career? Some agents do a lot with ebooks and some do nothing. Who will advise you about the smorgasbord of options now available to writers and stay on top of new opportunities?
I follow the precept of Edward Everett Hale: I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, by the Grace of God, I will do.
Mary Again: Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for a copy of one of Natasha's clients' books. THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE WEEKEND EDITION FOR NEXT WEEK, NOT TOMORROW.
I'll draw two winners an hour for eight hours beginning at 8 am for these books:
Within my Heart Tamera Alexander
Deeply Devoted by Maggie Brendon
A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley
Code Triage by Candace Calvert
Her Rodeo Cowboy Debra Clopton
Out of Control and Ten Plagues Mary Connealy
Belonging (Where the Heart Lives) Robin Lee Hatcher
A Horseman's Heart Myra Johnson
Dreaming of Home Glynna Kaye
Reclaiming Lily, What the Bayou Saw, An Irishwoman's Tale, Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy
Julie Lessman Winner’s Choice or any of Julie’s books
Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love
A Family for Faith Missy Tippens