The One Question Agents Can’t Answer
Agents get questions through email and in our blog comments every day. Most of us respond as we’re able, either on our blogs or via email. But there is one kind of question that an agent (who isn’t your agent) can’t answer for you.
That question is:
What should I do?
I get this in a few variations: Should I pursue self-publishing or traditional? Should I fire my agent and find a new one?
These are questions that nobody can answer for you based on a few sentences of information in an email. It’s also the kind of thing that I can’t be advising you on if I don’t know you.
I welcome questions here… I love questions and I want you to send me more! But take a good look at your question. Is it something about the industry, something that others will benefit from? Or is it more of a request for someone to make a decision for you?
The point of all these blogs—the ridiculous amount of publishing discourse spewing out over the Internet everyday—is to give you the context, the background, the general information you need…in order to make good decisions.
As an author pursuing publishing, you have some complex decisions ahead of you, and the only way to make them is to educate yourself. At the moment of decision, you’re on your own. And honestly, you don’t need an outsider to tell you what to do.
Gather information. Pick a direction. Take a leap.
There are no guarantees.
Q4U: What questions do you have that you’d like me to answer on the blog?
© 2011 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent