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#1 WritesToEscapeReality

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 06:00 PM

Just out of curiosity, what happens in this situation?

You find an agent you love but before the MS is sold to a publisher your agent relocates to a different agency or starts their own agency. In that situation, are you signed to the agency, the agent or do you have a Jerry McGuire situation where the agent is frantically calling all their current clients, trying to get them to follow him/her while the agency is calling the same clients trying to keep them as a client?

Just curious how that works. Anyone have that situation?
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 06:11 PM

Actually, yes, that did happen to me-- sort of. The owner of the agency announced to the agents rather abruptly that she was closing shop. A handful of the agents got together and started their own agency, taking their clients with them. I still had to sign a termination of contract with the original agency though, and sign a new contract with the new agency.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 06:55 PM

First of all, some agents are solo-practitioners (they may have clerical staff or assistants but they ARE the shop).

In agencies with multiple agents it would depend on your contract. Dometimes there is a provision specifying that you can terminate the agreement at your option if your agent moves on (so you can move with your agent). The same thing is sometimes included in publishing contracts but only, I believe, for "heavy hitters" (these folks may want such a clause because after multiple books their relationship with their editor is important to them).
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 08:47 PM

Thanks for the responses. I was just curious how that worked.
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