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Offline novelista

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How Important is an Agent's AAR Membership?
« on: November 04, 2020, 05:20:59 PM »
I'm going to attend an online conference where I can pitch to several agents. None of the ones who handle my genre at that event are AAR members. While I know some good agents don't belong to AAR and some with questionable actions have belonged to AAR, I see not belonging as a red flag and am wondering if I want to pitch to any of these folks. I'm trying to research previous sales to see what concrete info I can find about current clients and sales. Thoughts and opinions on whether or not AAR is a requirement for you? I know authors' opinions will differ, but I'd like to see some pros and cons on this issue.

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Re: How Important is an Agent's AAR Membership?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2020, 12:58:00 AM »
To me, it's not a requirement. An agent needs to meet certain criteria to even be allowed to join the AAR – so by excluding all non-AAR agents, I would (for example) scratch all younger agents from my list. (But maybe you don't want to sign with a younger agent anyway.)

What's more important to me is:
- the contract I'd be signing 
- the general reputation of the agency/their current clients
- the sales an agent has made
- if the agent is young, do they have a mentor who has made sales/understands the business?

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Re: How Important is an Agent's AAR Membership?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2020, 10:25:35 AM »
Thank you. I appreciate your input.