View Full Version : Coagents, the author, and foreign markets

09-04-2018, 05:54 PM
Could anybody tell me what your experiences were with this?

We're pre-sub (I still have some last-minute edits!). My UK agent just got back from NY and started some buzz about my book (very exciting!!!), but since it's harder to categorize -- not genre or literary -- she thinks a US coagent might get the book a better deal than she could. I understand the commission is then split etc. I'm just wondering about how authors work with coagents in other markets, if in that market the agenting relationship becomes a "threesome"? Or would I deal with that agent only in that market? I think it has to do with who helps shepherd the book through the publishing process in that market, but I just wanted to inform myself a bit before allowing my agent to send the manuscript to prospective coagents. :-)

Old Hack
09-04-2018, 08:26 PM
It's common (usual, to be honest) to only deal with your own agent.

You shouldn't have to worry about how commission would be split: you'd pay 15% on home deals and 20% on foreign and translation sales, same as ever; your agent would handle who gets paid what.

However, the main point to be made here is you have an agent. Your agent has suggested a co-agent. You should ask her how all this is going to work, because she's the only person who really knows.

09-04-2018, 08:35 PM
Thanks, Old Hack. She's clarified some of it in a mail and we're talking Thursday. I just wondered if there's anything special I should know.