06-07-2006, 08:59 AM
New agents who become successful have usually had experience at another agency before going out on their own, or another part of the publishing industry. This gives them their essential knowledge and contacts. They can sell books.
I don't know about the situation you've described. I suppose it would depend on how much the writer knew about the industry outside their area, and what sort of contacts they'd developed.
The new agents to avoid are those that lack the expertise and contacts to sell books and negotiate the best possible contract for you as a writer. Not all are scams, some are simply well meaning and hopelessly inexperienced and ignorant about agenting. But they can't sell books.
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