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Thread: Approaching an agent with offer in hand if you get a publishing offer before you get an agent?

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    Approaching an agent with offer in hand if you get a publishing offer before you get an agent?

    What happens if you get an offer from a publisher but you don't have an agent?

    I know you could choose to work directly with a publisher, but what if they ask you to get an agent? And what if they don't ask you to get an agent, but you decide you want one, how would you explain that? And what wording would you use when approaching an agent with an offer? I suppose if you're already querying agents, you could let all the ones that are still considering your query, partial, or full know, but I'm just wondering how you'd deal with the publisher, and then approach an agent (whether you're actively querying or not). Has anyone been in this situation and what did you do? (And I know you shouldn't actively be looking for agents and publishers at the same time, but sometimes you might meet a publisher at a conference, or you might not have been looking for an agent at all, etc.)
    Last edited by writera; 10-08-2018 at 11:52 PM.

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