Last night was fantastic! Thank you to Beverly Brandt for being a terrific launch guest for the TKA chats. Also, thanks to everyone for attending and asking such interesting, intelligent questions. We are all jealous of your turn around time, Beverly!
Some things I learned:
To keep and build a good relationship with your agent you need to communicate often but also know when to hold back. For instance, let your agent know what you are working on and keep in touch but don’t email every idea that pops into your head.
Most people cannot edit their manuscripts in one week like Beverly.
Having a good agent is pivotal for understanding all the ins and outs of the contracts and getting the best deal but all the more important when things aren’t going so well.
If you’re unagented and get “the call” from an editor, be sure to tell them you will be getting an agent to talk to them. NEVER say (if you’re unagented), “that sounds good…” Instead, reply: “I’m getting an agent, and we’ll be back with you very shortly.” Otherwise, you’ll have a contract in your hands before you know it.
I work for a wonderful group of intelligent and fun people and am so excited that I get to learn so much everyday.
Keep your calendar clear for Sunday 9-10 PM EDT. TKA chats will star Bantam Dell editor Kerri Buckley to field your questions and concerns. For the next round, we hope to have a way to keep a transcript of the conversation, but it may not happen until we find a new home for out chats. Suggestions anyone?