AGENT OBVIOUS

Unsolicited Advice for Authors, Agents, and Editors

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—Laurie Abkemeier

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APP UPDATE

My apologies for the Agent Obvious iPhone/iPod app situation. Several months ago, my app disappeared from cyberspace. The server that had been graciously hosting my app for more than two years was shut down and files were forwarded to me with a note of “Good luck!” In the process of getting up and running again, it became clear the app needs updating. I am now taking steps to make that happen. Meanwhile, the app is once again accessible. It shows a little wear and tear, and it may not be 100% reliable until the complete update takes place, but rest assured I am working on it.¬†Until then, thank goodness for Tumblr and this site where you can find all the Agent Obvious tips, searchable and free, as always.

—Laurie Abkemeier

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You’re more likely to get a “Yes” with a request than with a command.

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An author needs an enthusiastic imprint because the editor isn’t always there for the duration.

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Any substantial revision—as in a 2nd edition—should be by terms to be negotiated in good faith. More than 10% of the work is a good rule of thumb.

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If an agent requests material, indicate that on the cover note.

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Don’t return a call when you know the person won’t be there to answer it.

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At the end of the day, it only takes one editor, one publisher, who believes in the book.

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Don’t try to pretend a book is a category that it isn’t. Zero in on the core audience like a laser.

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It’s MARLEY with an E.