SFFMP 131: When a Literary Agent Makes Sense for New and Established Authors
Today, literary agent Mark Gottlieb chatted with Jo and Lindsay. He’s from the Trident Media Group and represents a lot of genres, including science fiction and fantasy. We asked him about getting an agent as a newer author and also as an established indie author with some titles under your belt.
Here are a few specifics of what we discussed:
- Whether print-only deals are still a thing or a likely option for indie authors who sell well.
- Whether most clients are coming out of the slush pile or if networking at workshops and conventions is important for getting an agent.
- What kinds of rights (foreign rights, audio rights, film rights, etc.) are useful for indie authors to know about.
- Whether getting a film deal or an “option” is really that lucrative, or if it’s mostly marketing to help an author sell more books.
- The role of agents in a hybrid author’s career.
- Whether the traditional publishing houses are signing as many authors as they used to, and if they’re fostering young authors’ careers.
- If some sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy do better with self-publishing instead of traditional publishing.
- What’s been trending the last couple of years with trad publishers and what they’re looking for now in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
- Whether it’s better to query with a series that’s in the middle and selling well, or if you should pitch something brand new.
- If it’s possible to get an agent and a publishing deal when your self-published book or books did not sell well.
- How much advertising a trad publisher is going to put behind a typical author.
- How much marketing you’re expected to do for yourself when you trad publish.