Literary Agents Seeking Historical FictionFrahlingen in search of historical fiction
Literary Agency Doug Grad, Inc.
I need an agent?" Some things an editor can do for an writer that an editor can't necessarily do for himself. The first thing that comes to your head is to negotiate a publication agreement - a good salesman will know what's sensible and what's out of line, and when a publishers puts pressure on you.
It also helps to resolve disagreements between an editorial or publication manager and an writer, whether it be editorial work, schedule, appointments or conflicts of personal interest. Good agents are mediators working on a sound relationship between editors and authors. Also a good salesman will help an writer to understand the deal and that there is much more to publish these day than just write and submit the work.
Good agents can help with advertising and promotion, advertising concepts, etc. There' s nothing more horrible than a good textbook that doesn't really sold well because it never finds its people. Do I get wealthy if I write a work? There' s a general misunderstanding that every writer is selling his books for million of US dollar, and then Hollywood comes with cases full of them.
Perhaps if your name is John Grisham or Dan Brown, which is True, but even their early works were not commercially successful. Most of us only reads about the largest deal ever to have been closed - the usual publisher deal is seldom published in the media. During my 27 years in the industry, it's really astonishing to me that writers still earn the same amount of cash the first day as they did in the 1980s - about $5,000 to $10,000.
Perhaps not very useful, but often an editor and agents have a number in mind when they are selling a work and they are amazed by what the market has chosen the actual rate is higher or lower in both ways. In fact, you never know until you try to resell it.
Publication is a strange deal, because you will be learning when you get into it. Our company has become totally out of date due to the global economic crisis. During the 1920' and early years, disposable book sales were made, such as clothes or groceries (disposable items from the vendor to the producer - clients keep returning).
Not many bookshops existed in the USA, the populace was about half to one third of what it is today, and relatively few had a university education or enough free reading to do. But when the exchange collapsed and the depression began, the bookshops would have disappeared from the shop if they had not persuaded the publishing houses to return the book completely.
They kept not only the publisher but also the shops and perhaps even some printing houses overflowing. In the Second World War and postwar years, when the economies recovered, the prewar models were no longer used by book sellers and booksellers. However, our troops had become so addicted to paperback when they fought in Europe or the Pacific that they took their habits home and the printing industry thrived.
A best-selling pocket book sold 6-12 million times in the 1960' and 1970'. Hardcover had a perceptible prestigious effect, and publishing houses liked the much higher coverage as well. With the advent of digital technologies, the race for our free times has become increasingly tough, from television and film to 500 channel television and the web.
It seems that our free times have diminished and are becoming more and more divided - we are all working more hard to keep the same levels. We, as a country, have also made it a custom to read literature, especially in comparison to Europe, but publishing houses are pumping out more and more volumes every year.
With increased cost, lower margin and lower per share revenues (a huge best-seller now stands at 2-4 million copies), printers have tried to offset their earnings by releasing more publications. Great, you say more textbooks will be out! A kind of proverb: "You do mathematics.... What is the prospective of publishing?
Although mankind has been announcing the demise of publishers for about 80 years, it will not disappear so quickly. It' not that we'll have chips in our brain that can load all seven Harry Potter manuals in 2 seconds as we drive our moving vehicles through the skies, but we'll probably see a mix of the growing number of print-on-demand publications and ebooks, both individually and together.
Over the last 500 years, the actual textbook, as a natural thing, has been perfect. Up to now, no ebook has come near, but with the Kindle and Nook and iPad and who knows what else is yet to come, it will probably be an outstanding e-reader in the $50 one of these day markets (the least costly Kindle and Kobo is currently $79 and even applications for your gaming computer are free).
If you place your order either at a newsstand or online and then have your order picked up or sent to you, this already is there. However, think of what has already been done - it has destroyed the branches (only B&N is left), the letterpress sector, seriously affected the cargo trade and shut down a whole series of storage facilities.
Publisher expenses have fallen drastically. However we see some grow in freelance bookshops that can provide the kind of one-on-one services that no longer can provide a chain or on-line store, and a whole run of small publisher that pop up like fungi after a storm to kick in where the big publisher no longer want to kick.
And if you choose to stand in for me, will you be selling my ten novels in the bottom of my bureau? When you have novels that are not for sale in the boot or drawers, there is probably a very good explanation why they were not for sale. Few authors are brillant the first one.
In many cases, it can take years to produce a sellable product to perfect the art of typing. For years John Jakes wrote and sold all kinds of pseudonym pocket novels (science fiction, western, etc.) until his Kent Family Chronicles became a big success during the country's bicentenary celebrations.
A 12-point Times New Novel style, twice the spacing (very important), with a headline or bottom line that shows the cover and writer, and all pages with numbering. I was always surprised as an editorial journalist how many agents would have sent me individual page numbers or no page numbers at all.
Writers are noteworthy overloaded with books - make it simple for them to keep an overview of what they read, and you may find it much simpler to make the sales. "Let's say your books sell for $100,000 to a publishers (just to make the numbers easy). Covers are $20, which causes a license fee of $3 per copy with the 10,001th copy purchased (until then somewhat lower license fees, but for this example we accept a license fee of $3 per copy on all copies).
This means that you must be selling 33,334 titles to get a royalty beyond the deposit. When your copy only sells 15,000 you will not get a royalty, but you will not have to repay an upfront. When you try to strike a mobile goal by forecasting the audience's tastes in fiction, you will miss every one.
If you' re done with your big business novel in a fictional category that was heated when you began, there' s a good chance that the fictional tastes of the audience will have shifted by the release of this feat (two years). The audience always gets a kick out of new impulses.
Unfortunately, editors have an imitation mindset, so once a particular style gets heated, they quickly overshoot and over-release until the market place is satiated and the general publics get ill from the lazy impersonations on the shelf. Which kind of book are you looking for? Some of you have texted me and asked what kind of book I want to stand for.
Finally, while I want to portray a little of everything (keeps things from getting dull, and why put all my publications in one basket?), I'm not quite prepared to present all kinds of A to Z. I don't have a lot of experience with that. Whilst it may seem that I mainly promote non-fiction, the facts are that non-fiction is currently much simpler to buy (both to publisher and consumer), and that it will take much less preparation to submit a non-fiction to publisher.
It can take a year (or more), and then a while until I` ve been reading and writing it down and then reworked by an writer. It could be two years after the completion of the work! While a seasoned writer can make a good suggestion in a fortnight or two (provided all the footwork and research is already done).
In the end, however, I want a somewhat balanced mix of fiction and non-fiction. The fiction category I'm looking for is all kinds of thriller, from romance, global scheming, historical and army thriller to local novel. Also I like all variations of mystery, from cockies to noirs ( "noir" is almost not for sale).
Jakes/Jeff Shaara Modus. No childhood storybooks, please. I like non-fiction stories, memoirs, sport, criminality, military, story, economy, humour, popular sciences and occasionally medicine, healthcare and instructions. I had worked an overview, Ich hatte an orally history/social history, WWII story, Civil War story, businessmanagement, leadership, etc. gearbeitet.
When you have authored a work on a topic that I did not mentioned above, please contact me by e-mail and ask me. Ah, the feared plattform - a term designed to driving journalists, agents and writers crazy by satirical marketers and advertisers. When you blog, don't even think about contacting an advertiser or advertiser unless you get at least 25,000 one-time matches per listing.
It' practically not possible to get advertising for fiction, so it's not that important. Publishing houses are fond of writers who give lectures with company groups, academies, etc. In many cases, a company sales can make a ledger very lucrative, while the same ledger cannot be purchased without it. Will I have to complete the script to be able to sell my work?
Nonfiction is available through well-designed suggestions ranging from 25 to 60 pages. Most of the first works are almost always published throughout the book, although the following works are usually published on the basis of a sketch. When a writer wants to switch from one publisher to another, he often writes a full script.
These are the issues always asked at author meetings where journalists, agents and emerging authors get together, connect, dine, drink and see if they can do that. I try to pre-empt some of the frequently asked by new authors looking for an agency about the publisher industry.