Is your material ready to be published? Will I work with you as a client and represent you to publishers? That's a great question.
I'm not your usual literary agent and I operate differently than other agents. When you submit your material to me for agent representation, you receive much more than a simple "yea" or "nay" response. I will personally invest my time to carefully review your material, give you helpful feedback and explain the "ins and outs" of the publishing world, as it relates to your material. I can help you understand how to write a better manuscript or simply tweak the material you already have into a more attractive manuscript. Your material must appropriately appeal to people before it will successfully appeal to publishers. I use a unique three-step discovery process to consider new clients:
1. A five minute call: You are encouraged to call me for a 5 to 10 minute introductory conversation. During this chat we begin to get a feel for each other and begin to sense if we can work together.
2. Submit materials: When you decide to submit your material for review, I acknowledge receipt by email and place it into my reading schedule. When I examine your material, I notice readability, content flow, speed bumps, concept clarity, the three dynamics of a great book, and marketability. I’m usually able to review the material within four weeks.
3. A two hour call: We schedule a convenient time for a personal consultation. During this call, I will ask clarifying questions in an effort to hear your heart concerning the material. I will also share my insights and discuss recommendations. By the end of the call we will know if I can appropriately represent you and your material. If we decide to proceed toward publication, I will map out a strategy to prepare your manuscript for publication. The call is recorded and you will receive a digital download or cassette of the session.
I have the expertise to guide you toward your goal of becoming a published author, and if you're already published, to the next level of your writing ministry. Here is a sample of services I provide:
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript
- Develop a plan to improve the publishability of your material
- Identify your primary audience
- Show you how to better target your audience
- Guide you if you don't have a completed manuscript
- Assist you if you need rewriting or ghostwriting
- Help prepare your material for submission
- Present your polished manuscript to interested publishers
- Help you evaluate the merits of a publishing contract
- Represent your best interests in contract negotiations
- Offer follow-up advice for launching your book promotion
- Provide ongoing advice for your writing ministry
As we conclude the initial consultation call, we will decide if I will represent you as a literary agent.
As your agent, I will provide coaching during the process of any rewrite or refinement that you and I agree is appropriate. We want your material to be as dynamic as possible and I will work with you to improve its publishing potential.
When your manuscript is ready, I will submit it to appropriate publishers for consideration and represent your interests in contract negotiations. Should you receive a contract from a source not generated by my submission activity, I will advise you on its merits and if appropriate, I’ll handle further negotiations on your behalf.
Agent fees are generally between fifteen and twenty percent of what the author receives from the publisher, which includes advances and royalty payments. My agent fee is lower than the industry norm: ten percent of what you receive. This will apply to any publishing contract you accept once we agree I am your agent.
Once your book is published, I continue to assist your efforts to find and stir market responses to the message you bring, adding insight toward improving the effectiveness of your speaking engagements, and promotional activities.