Friday, July 16, 2010
DO I NEED AN AGENT
One of the blogs I have been following lately is Chip MacGregor. The past two days his post has been about finding an agent. Yesterdays blog gave sage advice about what to look for and what or who to stay away from. I have written several queries. Each of them better than the last one. So why haven't I sent them to any of the agents I've selected? Chip MacGregor's blog helped me realize this morning the answer. I'm afraid of rejection. Yup. That's got to be it. When he talked about some of the unethical practices of some agents, the number of people who call themselves agents, it was then I realized I'm just afraid I'll be rejected. When I read on through his blog he pointed out the aspect of the relationship between the author and agent. I didn't think in those terms. I need to find the right agent for me. He is right. If you don't have a good relationship, it's not going to work anyway. He also pointed out why you may or may not need an agent. If you can negotiate your own contracts, and you know the business, you probably don't need an agent. And in fact, it's entirely up to you to decide. If you are not already subscribed to this blog, I recommend it. The link is ChipMacGregor.com. Whether you've decided to find an agent, or you just want some good, solid advice, I don't think you'll regret following this one. Do you need an agent, or are you okay without one?Let me know what you're thinking.