Thursday, September 29, 2005

Conf 104: Big Publisher Writes

I heard from the senior editor (the one I pitched to at the launch party) I e-mailed synopsis of Novel 3 to several weeks ago.

Dear Amanda,

Nice to hear from you. I think you do need to have a proper editorial and strategical discussion with your agent; my instinctive thoughts on this outline are that it's entertaining and more than competently put together, but that commercial women's fiction of this kind is a really hard area to break through in, and that it does seem to me to be lacking the great thing - hook, or title, or setting - that would make it easy to sell. And there is an old saw in publishing that South America is never a very good thing for a novel, but that may be no longer true these days....

Good luck with it.

I don't have an agent! That's the problem.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your experience made me smile because I'm experiencing something rather similar. A middle-ranking publisher has shown some interest in my commercial/literary/women's novel because the first three pages came second in a national competition. I have been trying in turn to get an agent interested in representing me by telling them I already have publisher interest, so implying, I hoped, that my book wasn't a complete dog. I have met with complete indifference.

I've already had two agents for books that didn't sell but the process this time round seems much tougher.

We may be moving to a situation in which editors are more approachable than agents.

Amanda Mann said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Amanda Mann said...

I think you may be right. It's weird when you think about it; going through the whole 'rounds' process with agents so that hopefully one of them will want to stick a stamp on an envelope and send your stuff to the ivory towers. For that they will take 15% of any positive results. OK I know they can be constructive editors, and they do all the negotiating and foreign rights and film deals; but the chances of getting into an 'auction' situation are as likely as winning the lottery; when it comes to contract nitty gritty negotiation, the Author's Society have a legal department that can handle your interests; film deals are a beginner's red herring, it ain't going to happen unless you get the big buzz; foreign rights haven't been that great for most of the published/agented authors I know either. Jacqui Lofthouse is the happy exception, being a bestseller in Holland and doing very well. I know one bestselling author who's never had an agent & she's always been mystified by the rest of us. I'd love an agent. Someone who was enthusiastic about my work; who wasn't elusive and grand, blowing hot and cold, giving me grand lunches or a Starbucks coffee depending on my earnings status of the time. But do such agents exist?

Anonymous said...

My first agent was lovely. Very supportive. She left agenting to become a publisher. The second one was a nightmare. I would never put myself through a situation like that again.

Good tip about the Author's Society vetting contracts!

Jack Naka said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Hari said...

Hi Amanda,

This is the first post on your blog I am reading and I am really interested in what you have to say.

I have just sent a manuscript to be edited and naturally, when it comes back and I have finished revising all that is necessary, I will be approaching publishers/agents to publish the book.

I found this letter you reproduced particularly helpful. It gives me an idea of what to expect. My situation will, no doubt, be different as I am living in Malaysia. Nevertheless, it's a good start.

Thank you.

Amanda Mann said...

Thanks, Hari, I'm glad you found something useful here. All the best of luck with your book.

Anonymous said...

Feel free to come and check it out if you get time :-)

Anonymous said...

I am wiser on this subject now that I've read your blog.online shopping singapore More info here online shopping singapore

Anonymous said...

It pretty much covers Replica related stuff.

answer-man said...

**handbag**

Anonymous said...

I just viewed your blog/site with the keyword **handbag** and really

Anonymous said...

Shop online today. Forget driving to the mall when you can just click the mouse and order from your favorite store. No traffic to deal with

Anonymous said...

Bizarre Secret Confesson Warning, these cofessions will shock you. Very disturbing Stuff. If you have something on your heart or something weighing on your soul then I saw this site and you should go over there anc confess. No one has to know it is you. It is private. I at your secret confession and I really felt a lot better afterward. You can confess ALL at http://www.yoursecretconfession.com/forum