This recorded meeting presentation took place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 via the Zoom Meeting Platform in accordance with the CDC and local government officials COVI-19 guidelines.
How Best to Work with a Literary Agent without Being Shaken or Stirred presented by Bond, Sandra Bond, of the Bond Literary Agency
Some of the important questions that Sandra will address include:
- As an agent, what do you look for when deciding on whether to work with an author?
- What really excites you when an author approaches you with their MS/book with hopes you’ll represent them? Some tips on how to pursue an agent.
- What turns you off? What are some tips to authors and indie publishers on what not to do when pursuing an agent?
- When you agree to work with someone, what are the general terms of the agreement/contract? What is the standard fee or percentage expected?
- If approached by an indie-published author who has done well with their book on their own and now wants to explore selling rights to an established traditional publisher, what are the pros that you and the author have working for you? What are the cons working against you?
- What are some caveats you’d offer to indie-published authors as well as unpublished, aspiring authors in regard to selling rights to traditional publishers? What’s realistic to expect if a publisher takes interest in terms of time to publication and remuneration (advance, royalties, etc…)?
- Why is it important to have an agent rather than pursuing a publisher directly? What are the advantages? Are there any disadvantages?
- How does someone like Sandra Bond become a Literary Agent? What’s your story?
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