A Bad Week For… Agents
Agents made a lot of headlines this week. First we had top UK agent Ed Victor announcing the launch of his publishing imprint. Fellow agent Peter Cox bravely called for him to be thrown out of the Association of Author’s Agents (quote in comments at end).
Curtis Brown UK indicated they will follow Mr. Victor into publishing shortly. This is the agency that already has a $2500, 12 hour “creative writing” course where “stand-out students will be offered representation”. How many conflicts of interest can one agency have?
Some people have called agents becoming publishers a scam. An attorney laid out detailed steps that an agent/publisher should take to avoid conflicts of interest and also explained how to sue your agent if they are no longer acting in your interest. Who wants to bet how many agents will follow these steps?
Stephen Leather capped the week off by calling US agents a variety of salty names on Joe Konrath’s blog. The Blogger collapse on Friday deleted a lot of the saucier responses, but have a search on Twitter to see what some US agents thought of that.
If you don’t know what Sample Sunday is, put down that bacon sandwich and listen up. Every Sunday on Twitter a group of writers and readers tweet links to free excerpts.
These can be works-in-progress, upcoming releases, or current titles. Just follow the #SampleSunday hashtag to get a taste. If you want to particpate, read more details here.
It’s simple. You put up a blog post with an excerpt, then tweet the link (mine is here).
My tweet is:
#SampleSunday from @DavidGaughran you never know what’s waiting for you If You Go Into The Woods http://bit.ly/lhbD4b pls RT
If you want to spread it around, go crazy. If you are a writer, get involved, it’s a great free way to promote your work. Follow me at @DavidGaughran for some links.
If You Go Into The Woods
Nadine featured my book If You Go Into The Woods on her blog today, with a brief interview and an excerpt, so a big thank you to her and everyone at Indie Ebooks.
Heather at Doubleshot Reviews gave If You Go Into The Woods an excellent review. Not only that, she then posted it on Amazon and Goodreads then spread it all over Twitter.
Thank you to Nadine & Heather. You should check out both their sites.
And the other reviews are picking up pace – 6 reviews on Amazon, 4 on Amazon UK, 4 on Goodreads, 1 on Smashwords – all with a four-star average. Pretty good.
Sales are slowing a little, but still solid, and should pick up again with these reviews. I’m almost 50% towards covering my costs in less than two weeks on sale. If I can cover my costs in the first month, that would be amazing.
Sales should also pick up when I release Transfection – hopefully towards the end of next week. I have more reviews, guest blogs, and other surprises lined up. I will post the news as I get it.