Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of co-hosting the BookCampTO ‘Agenting Today’ session at Ryerson University with my esteemed colleagues Sam Hiyate, The Rights Factory, and Chris Bucci, Anne McDermid & Associates. We fielded great questions from writers and industry professionals alike. Didn’t make it to BookCamp? Want to know what we discussed? Here’s one question that generated a lot of conversation:
What can writers do to make agents’ lives easier?
Here are 10 answers from the BookCamp session and debriefing afterwards:
- Don’t announce deals until they’re public knowledge.
- The agent and author relationship is a mutually beneficial relationship. Be honest with yourself and your agent if feelings ever change.
- If you are a writer wanting to be ‘found’ make sure you have clear and up-to-date contact information on your website, blog or Twitter bio.
- Listen to us when we give advice about social media, author brands and platforms. We really want the best for you and we understand the industry standards.
- Have managed expectations. Know what’s going on in your genre and the industry so you know what to expect. If you are a debut learn what you can online and from your agent to make your editor’s life easy too.
- Don’t bad mouth your editor, your agent, or your co-author on your public platform.
- Read Poets & Writers.
- Don’t call us everyday.
- Keep us involved with things you do outside the projects we work on together. Submit to a literary journal? Let us know!
- And above all: Write a good book.
Thanks to our great audience at BookCamp and the organizers, CanBPA, for putting on a great event. For more topics and tweets that you may have missed checked out #bcto11.