The Street Smart Writer: Self Defense Against Sharks and by Jenna Glatzer

By Jenna Glatzer

Aspiring writers how one can keep away from frauds and unsavory bargains during this instruction manual for purchasing released. The editor of AbsoluteWrite.com and a professional publishing legal professional percentage their services to aid writers spot a decent agent or supervisor, be sure the worth of shallowness publishing, and keep away from getting conned out of enormous quantities, or perhaps millions, of bucks whilst signing a freelance. Sections on writing contests educate writers how one can make certain which contests are dead; different sections provide pointers on heading off expensive meetings and shady seminars. a distinct specialize in copyright guarantees that writers defend their paintings from schemers who are looking to use creativity with out procuring it. Appendices comprise pattern publishing, agent, and supervisor contracts.

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This can jeopardize the agent's relationship with the editor; the editor doesn't want an agent to bother her with work that has already been rejected. It's not always complete doom and gloom, though. One of my co-authors had an agent who was unable to sell his book proposal before he came to me for help. I spiffed up the proposal and sent it to a new agent. The new agent loved it. When he asked who had seen it already, a lump formed in my throat as I spilled the truth: It had already been represented and shopped around to most of the major houses.

You may even get direct mail solicitations from a fraudulent agent who bought your name from a mailing list sold by a contest or publication for writers. There are even reports of scammers who got their lists from the Library of Congress' Copyright Office. In short, any "agent" who sends you a generic letter seeking submissions is not someone you want to have representing you. I'm not even an agent and I get requests for representation at least twice a month. So many writers are desperate for representation that they'll approach anyone vaguely connected to the publishing industry.

I suggest you bring this to XYZ Editorial services and work with an editor there. " Fat chance. An agent who needs to make money on kickbacks for referrals is not an agent you want. Again, the agent should make money solely when his authors make sales; relationships with editorial services like these are a conflict of interest. If an agent truly believes your work has great potential but needs professional editing, he should leave it up to you to decide if you want to spend that money—and to choose whichever editor you want—or to work on the editing yourself.

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