from RAIN!, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Navigating the Author-Agent Relationship

I’ll be talking about the Author-Agent relationship with my own agent, Jennifer Mattson of Andrea Brown Literary, at the upcoming SCBWI-Carolinas conference.  Although we’ve been working together for more than six years, it will be the first time we’ve actually been in the same room since we met in Boulder at the ABLA Big Sur in the Rockies conference. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to it.

We’re covering the stuff you wonder about before you have an agent (What, exactly, do agents do? How do I find the right one?), as well as the issues that can arise in a longer-term relationship (Is she tired of my work? Does she have too many clients? Why doesn’t he keep me informed about submissions?). We’ll offer suggestions for how best to work together—and how to unhitch when it’s clear things just aren’t working out.

Got any agent questions of your own? Leave a comment or send me an email. I’ll follow up in another post after the conference.

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