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seun
04-12-2010, 04:39 PM
Here's the deal: in early March, I had an email from a small American publisher who said they were interested in publishing one of my books. Since then, I've been contacting agents in the UK and a few in the States. I've had a few of the standard 'not taking on anyone' replies, a few 'no fantasy for us', and some haven't replied at all. One (in London) requested the whole MS after reading the first three chapters which is of course very cool although I was privately hoping for a little more interest than I got.

The thing is, I'm now thinking how long I should wait before figuring agents aren't interested either because it's a small publisher or because they don't like my stuff - and how long I should wait before I get back to the publisher to see if they have any updated news for me.

Any thoughts?

thehairymob
04-12-2010, 06:45 PM
I wouldn't wait around for the agent, though I would conitue searching for one. I would want to know if the small publisher was still interested and if so see what the required from me to continue the process of gettting the book in print. Have you checked out the firm? Just a thought for it would be the first thing I would have done.

seun
04-12-2010, 07:21 PM
I'm still looking for agents mainly in the UK but am also thinking about getting back to the publisher. As far as I can see, they're legit but small.

stormie
04-12-2010, 08:00 PM
Do you have the money to get an attorney versed in literary contracts? It might be that the US publisher is too small (is the advance and royalties worth it for the agent?) for an agent to want to rep you.

waylander
04-12-2010, 08:31 PM
3 months is a pretty standard waiting period for an agent with a full, unless they gave a specific commitment to get back to you within a certain time.

seun
04-12-2010, 09:51 PM
Do you have the money to get an attorney versed in literary contracts? It might be that the US publisher is too small (is the advance and royalties worth it for the agent?) for an agent to want to rep you.

Money? What's that? :D

I have wondered if the money involved would be too small to interest an agent. It's only been five weeks for the agent who requested my MS and while I obviously didn't expect a particularly quick reply, I'm getting a little doubtful any agent would be/is interested.

stormie
04-12-2010, 09:54 PM
Five weeks isn't a long time. As waylander said, three months is more the norm.

seun
04-12-2010, 10:03 PM
Five weeks isn't a long time.

True. I suppose I thought as I have an offer, it might speed things up a bit.

Danthia
04-12-2010, 11:49 PM
There's been a LOT going on in the publishing world lately, with Bologna Book Fair and all the hassles over the iPad/Amazon and ebook rights. Agents are very involved in those, so it would make sense if things are slower right now as far as submissions are concerned.