Well you thought you had your agent for your entire career, but what happens if they leave the business? It happens all the time. I’ve recently had a couple clients come to me through this process. Here is a small guide on how to proceed.
- Never burn your bridges when you are querying. You never know what will happen.
- Before your agent leaves get a list of all the places your book was submitted.
- Did they offer another agent at that agency to represent you? This is often the case.
- Did you get multiple offers when you started out? Go back to the agents who were interested originally and query again letting them know the situation.
- You can start querying fresh all over again. But, with representation behind you, or a book already sold, you’ll rise to the top of many slush piles.
- If you have an editor already they might be able to help you in search for a new agent through some easy recommendations.
- Make sure you update your website and keep things fresh for prospective new agents.
- This is a chance to refresh and reevaluate the direction your career is moving in. Use it to your advantage especially with all the knowledge you gained from being represented before.
- Refocus yourself and your project or start working on a new one.
- Remember everything happens for a reason, so roll with it and keep writing.
While this is never hoped for, it’s good to have a plan for what to do if you find yourself in this situation. If you got an agent once, you can probably get one again. Keep growing with your writing.