When an Agent Gives Up

I’m blogging at Books & Such today. Here’s a preview…

surrender white flagAs you know, agents aren’t able to sell every book we decide to represent. But the decision to stop trying to sell a book is always a tough one. We’ve already put a lot of work into it, and we probably really like the client. When do we know it’s time to quit and move on?

Here are a few reasons we might give up:

1. Out of Options
We’ve exhausted our list of editor contacts and don’t know of any more viable prospects among advance-and-royalty-paying publishers.

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Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  2. joylene on March 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    That happened to my agent of years ago. He was more depressed about it than I was. I knew it would happen one day. He was living in the present.