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Want an Agent? Indie Publish Your Book

8 September 2011

Agent Jenny Bent says don’t wait for a response to your query:

Unpublished authors, do you have a great book but can’t find an agent? There’s no excuse not to get that book out there independently and prove to yourself and to the world that there is an audience for your writing.

Link to the rest at Bent on Books (all the way at the bottom)

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14 Comments to “Want an Agent? Indie Publish Your Book”

  1. Is that it? Well, I guess that’s enough because it’s true. :)

  2. I’ve noticed that many successful indie authors have gotten agents and moved to working with the Big Six. I think I might try the self-publishing route. Thank you for sharing Jenny Bent’s thoughts on the issue. I believe in her agent wisdom :)

  3. Thanks for the nice shout-out!

  4. Jenny’s advice gives you two shots – indie and agented. You can decide which one is the best fit.

  5. And people are also doing the opposite–leaving agents to self-publish. It’s all good.

  6. With so much uncertainty in the industry, self-pub is a great option. Instead of looking for an agent, I hired a publicist/marketing company and self-published. It was the right move for me!

    Now 6 months after the release of my book (Action/Adventure/Romantic Suspense)I blogged about the 7 Deadly Sins of Self-Published Authors. Hope it can keep other Indies from making costly mistakes or wasting time.

    http://www.darbyrae.com/2011/08/17/seven-deadly-sins-of-self-published-authors/

  7. Great news! I just self published my first sci-fi adventure! We’ll see what happens…

  8. Jenny Bent makes another great point when she says:

    Published authors, if you don’t “get” social media, there are plenty of people out there that do. You owe it to yourself and to your sales figures to start connecting. If there’s no time, you can do what many of my clients do and hire someone to help you or find an intern at the local college.

    But then Jenny always makes good points. Smart, she is.

    • Agreed, EC.

    • I wish I’d known about virtual assistants several years ago when my first novels were published EC! It’s taken me about two and a half years to really understand social media and how it’s used!

      • “Understand social media.” I envy you. For me, sadly, it’s beyond my ken…

        I’ve come to do what I do on social media for fun, in the hope that fun will lead me to focus. Backward? Yes. And it certainly hasn’t worked so far. LOL

  9. Thanks for another bit of self-pub affirmation! It’s encouraging to see some indie love from the agent community.

    An agency that was showing serious interest in my work has since followed the path of the dark side by offering in-house e-publishing, so I’ve written them off. That was the last straw for me.

    Although I hear on the dark side, they have cookies…

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