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profen4
09-02-2012, 06:53 AM
This is a question for agents, or for authors who have agents and have written several books.

Whenever you look at agent blogs, or agent profiles, they all say that, to take on a new client, they have to LOVE the book. not just like it. Not luke-warm. Love it!

And that makes sense, I mean, they have to sell it, they're getting thousands of queries, they gotta be choosy.

But my question is, what if they don't LOVE the next book their client writes? What if they're just luke-warm on that book? Do they still try to sell it? Is the line lowered for subsequent books?

I look at the books I write, and I think that they range considerably. Not necessarily in skill, but in theme and tone ... etc. You might get picked up by an agent for a high-concept thriller, b/c that's what the agent loves, and then your next book might be something paranormal.
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I'm just really curious how agents approach that situation, and what some authors have experienced in that regard.

Cyia
09-02-2012, 07:34 AM
That's something you need to discuss with any prospective agent you're considering signing with. Some will try and sell things for you, others will tell you up front that they won't try and sell anything they don't love because they want to give you the best shot at getting it sold well.

triceretops
09-02-2012, 07:47 AM
Well if you give your next book to an agent and they do consider it luke-warm, they'll probably tell you that they'll have to pass on it, or they'll suggest a rewrite to get it in shape. They can't sell something they don't believe in. It doesn't mean you'll part ways--only that you'll have to try again with another, better appealing book.

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