Author Topic: Landing An Agent After Self-Publishing  (Read 731 times)

Offline julieballantynebrown

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Landing An Agent After Self-Publishing
« on: June 25, 2020, 04:03:42 PM »
Has anyone here managed to get agent representation for a book they previously self-published? I've had some success with my self-published book and now that I'm editing the second in the series, I'd really love representation.

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Re: Landing An Agent After Self-Publishing
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2020, 08:42:51 PM »
I'm curious to know too. For other future works. I'll be keeping an eye out on this thread.

Offline Tabris

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Re: Landing An Agent After Self-Publishing
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2020, 08:44:25 PM »
I wouldn't try with the previous book. If you had enough success with that book to attract an agent, you might as well keep racking in the cash without paying a cut to anyone else.

On the new book, though? Sure, having a track record (and the fact that you did it solo) will likely help.

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Re: Landing An Agent After Self-Publishing
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2020, 09:25:01 AM »
It can happen (e.g., "The Martian"), IF your unit sales—verifiable sales not counting giveaways, promos, etc.—exceed a certain level. This "level" depends on the individual agent's comfort level and could range from several thousand on up: high enough to indicate demand, but not so high as to have depleted the reader base.

Caveat: I speak from widely Googled but otherwise vast inexperience.