Authors are divided about whether to work with an agent. Here are the bullet points of my own history with agents:
- Offered representation by an editor who had decided to switch to being a sole agent. Before she got as far as us signing the Agreement, she thought better of being an agent and vanished from my life.
- Got a fab London agent from a big agency. She sold me into a couple of modestly sized publishers and also large print and audio. We had a couple of near-misses with big publishers but a miss is as good as a mile. After a bereavement, I decided I would no longer be able to write novels and left her flock. We parted friends and are still.
- Unagented, I sold seven novels to publisher Choc Lit. Some were those my former agent had had near misses with so she checked…
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