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June 28, 2006


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Dave Taylor

Okay, but let me talk about the other side of the equation for a minute, Joe. I have been looking for an agent to rep my parenting / fathering book for at least six months and the general process is

1. Dig around, find an agent that seems to work in the space
2. Email them a query letter
3. Wait
4. Wait
5. Wait
6. Email a follow up query
7. Wait
8. Wait
9. Email a second followup query
10. Receive a curt "not interested" or "not my space" without explanation
11. Go back to step #1

Oh, and you can't overlap because what happens if two say "yes"?

So, while I'm certainly not going to use Bookblaster, I certainly understand the appeal of the blasting approach and am sure that I'm not alone in finding that the process of identifying an appropriate agent for a specific book project is bloody difficult, slow as molasses and ultimately frustrating and discouraging.

ps: if you are an agent who works in the parenting space, email me! I want to talk with you! :-)

Joe Wikert

Hi Dave. Well, although I certainly wouldn't go the spam route of Bookblaster, I'd be pretty relaxed about sending a proposal out to multiple publishers on my own. After all, I think most (all?) agents will do that by default anyway; so if you're working with an agent you can almost bet your proposal is being reviewed in parallel. Why not send it yourself to 2, 3 or even 4 publishers? You're worried about one biting while it's still in the hands of one or more others? Great! Now you might be able to get them to bid against each other, assuming at least one other publisher is interested. Every author should be so fortunate...

Dave Taylor

I'm talking about sending my proposal to *agents*, actually, Joe, not publishers... :-)

Joe Wikert

OK, go ahead and replace "publishers" with "agents" where I said "Why not send it yourself to 2, 3 or even 4 publishers?" Why should they be any more or less sensitive to being part of a "multiple submission" than a publisher would be? Honestly, turnabout is fair play...

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