Interesting #askagent conversation on twitter the other night. I happened to see one going on, and decided to ask a question.
I asked about e-publishing credits, and if agents saw them as a reallygood thing. There was some confusion about e-published through an actual e-publisher versus self-publishing, so I’m not sure how accurate the answers I received were.
But one agent said they’re meaningless to her, though that might change in the future. She also qualified her answer in that she reps YA & MG.
Everyone is pretty familiar with the fact that e-books are exploding. The biggest sellers are romance and erotica (and any combination thereof).
I’d really like to hear the opinion of agents who rep adult, namely urban fantasy, since that’s what I’m shopping to them 🙂
What have you heard about e-publisher credits and shopping for an agent?
I always hear agents and editors talking about how they want something new and different.
Then, they add, but not too different.
What’s a writer to do? How do we find that line?
Obviously, I’m still working on that.
But I think, over the years of reading agent blogs (See the links for some of my favorites) I’ve come to get at least a slight grasp on the statement.
As a reader, I love seeing the common tropes I’ve come to expect from the genres I love. If I pick up a romance, I darn well want to experience the tumulus, rocky relationship, and the falling in love to their happily ever after. If I pick up an urban fantasy, I want that heroine to kick some major butt, but occasionally show the alpha hero her softer side. I also want to watch how she wraps him around her pinky–not in the way that he’s whipped, but in the way that he treats her with softness, and respect.
So as a writer, I think one of the most important things is knowing the tropes of the genre you write in. As long as you have what the reader expects, the playing field is yours baby 🙂
Q4U: What’s your take?