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Connecting with a literary agent is a lot like courting: you need to find the right fit – a collaborative partner who believes in you and your book, and will be in your corner.
I have a new appreciation for the job agents have in representing authors and finding publishing homes for their stories after hearing an agent panel this past weekend.
The first 50 pages “usually can go” because the writer is warming up and capturing details important to the writing process, but that aren’t crucial for readers, said Munier, adding that the reverse is true when crafting the end of a story. Authors frequently don’t flesh out their conclusion because they “see the finish line and are racing towards it.”
Digital advances continue to rock the publishing industry. And while many book publicists have emerged on the scene with expertise in social media, Rinaldi stated that “the promotion-publicity model [in publishing] is broken and nobody yet has really figured out how to fix it.”
Acknowledging how self publishing is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the industry, Becky Vinter of FinePrint Literary Management said self publishing or a hybrid model is a “legitimate choice,” but authors then will carry the burden and expense of getting their book edited, vetted, produced and marketed on their own.