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#1 samlat77


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:50 AM

Okay, so I'm published via small publisher, but I'm already starting to look at getting an agent. I mean, I've tried already many times, but my publisher ended up picking up said book I had been querying. So I guess my question is, is it a good idea to query agents in an effort to get one of the big publishers or not, since I am already published...

#2 LucidDreamer


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:44 PM

Sure. I know lots of authors who published with a small pub. or self-pubbed first, then got an agent.


Of course, usually the agent will want to just rep. NEW manuscripts that you have written (not the already pubbed stuff) so if you have new books to query, go for it.

#3 julialynn


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 10:59 PM

What LucidDreamer said! :)


Agents are generally happy to take on authors who've already published with small presses; as long as they think they can sell YOUR *new, unpublished* manuscript, that's usually what matters most. Some agents may prefer debut authors, but I don't think it's a big deal or even really a deal breaker, especially if your indie press book did fairly well or received great reviews.

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