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Any writers out there waiting for their first break?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sameer Kamat Aug 8, 2011. 13 Replies

I'm not a publisher (yet). I got my first publishing contract after a painfully long wait. And after an equally long wait, the book will finally see the light of day. I'm hoping to give back to the…Continue

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Do you really need a literary agent?

Literary agents play a key role in the international publishing industry. Yet not many new writers are aware of what a literary agency can and cannot do. In simple terms, a literary agent represents authors, pitches their manuscripts to publishers, negotiates deals and manages the commercial aspects of the deal. In return the literary agent charges a percentage (usually 15%) of the royalty for the author’s books. You’ve done all the hard work in writing the book. Why should you pay your…See More
Aug 20, 2011
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Aug 20, 2011
Sameer Kamat replied to Kay Elizabeth's discussion 'How did you find your way to Authors.com?'
"I'm a newbie to the publishing world. My first non-fiction book just got published and I started searching for writer forums on the internet to get tips on how to market it. Authors.com was one of the top sites for my search query. And unlike…"
Aug 14, 2011
Sameer Kamat replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"When you become a star author, it'll be difficult to get in touch with you. So I'm booking my appointment early :-) "
Aug 8, 2011
patricia A murray replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"Thank you, Sameer. I've got a long way to go!  :)"
Aug 7, 2011
Sameer Kamat replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"Patricia, I sincerely hope you are able to get book out to a whole lot of folks out there who are in a similar situation.   After the manuscipt has been completed, let me know if you need some help creating awareness for the topic and for your…"
Aug 7, 2011
patricia A murray replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"I'm working on a how-to book for people with limited resources who are caring for loved-ones with Alzheimer's disease at home. It's a labor of love that I hope can help lots of people.  :) "
Aug 6, 2011
Cleveland W. Gibson replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"Congratulations on your up-and-coming  book, soon to be published. I read somewhere below(this page) that you didn't want to share the name of your publisher. It's not a problem. But you might  take a look at Yorkshire…"
Aug 5, 2011
Sameer Kamat replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"Sounds exciting, Patricia. What topic are you working on?   Good luck with your agent hunt."
Aug 2, 2011
patricia A murray replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"I'm working on my first book—nonfiction of course. I've gotten it planned and mapped out and am now starting on the proposal. I'm also polishing the sample chapter so that it will be nice and shiny once I get a nibble from an…"
Aug 2, 2011
Sameer Kamat replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"Pritha,   Unfortunately, for new authors targetting the top tier publishers, the 'straight no or a yes' may happen only after real long wait. Which is why many start looking at alternative publishing options.  "
Jul 30, 2011
Pritha Chattopadhyay replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"Thanks Sameer, I will have a look. But I have already done my initial research on the internet. Actually, at this point, I am more interested in an interested publisher, who can give me a straight no or a yes. "
Jul 25, 2011
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Jul 25, 2011
Sameer Kamat replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"Scribbler,   It's with the business imprint of a leading publishing house. I'm a little reluctant to share the specific details right now on a public forum. Hope you don't hold that against me. Once the book has been published,…"
Jul 25, 2011
Sameer Kamat replied to Sameer Kamat's discussion 'Any writers out there waiting for their first break?'
"Thanks Pritha.   When I was starting off, I would spend a lot of time on the internet. There's a lot of information available on the internet, but it can get a litte overwhelming. So I'm hoping to share more information about this in…"
Jul 25, 2011

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Do you really need a literary agent?

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 8:41am 0 Comments

Literary agents play a key role in the international publishing industry. Yet not many new writers are aware of what a literary agency can and cannot do. In simple terms, a literary agent represents authors, pitches their manuscripts to publishers, negotiates deals and manages the commercial aspects of the deal. In return the literary agent charges a percentage (usually 15%) of the royalty for the author’s books.

 

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At 5:42am on July 25, 2011, scribbler said…
Nice to meet you Sameer. :) Welcome aboard. I’ll look forward to getting to know you and your work better.
At 9:21am on August 14, 2011, Kay Elizabeth said…
Welcome to Authors.com Sameer! Lovely to meet you. It’s great to have you here. We’d love it if you could drop by this thread please and tell us all about how you found your way to Authors.com. :)

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