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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Agents and Editors
« on: November 16, 2005, 10:48:35 PM »

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Agents and Editors
« on: November 16, 2005, 02:37:17 PM »
You're right, Ookla, because of warehousing which I didn't think of till now.

I don't know if I would write a sequel, though, not unless its a projected cycle.  I would have to have a lot of very good ideas for it.  I just don't like continually doing the same thing, especially since I like a little of everything.

42, "literary" is properly stated.  The word used to mean quality.  That was when H. G. Wells, Mervyn Peake and Edgar Allen Poe bore the same title as Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackery.

Today the Harold Bloom's and other self-proclaimed "scholars" of the word wield it with snobbery.  It has to be set in the "real world" so they will appreciate it.  Then they will accept it even if its stories about a person working at an old folk's home.
That is why we now have to use quotation marks with that once very respectable word.

Sorry.  Had to vent a little.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Agents and Editors
« on: November 16, 2005, 12:42:39 AM »
Thanks for comments, everybody.  Your answers have been swift and relentless.

I was wondering about something else, too.

The other day, while I was browsing the Harper Collins website, a little window appeared on my computer screen.  I thought it was just another stupid advertisement but it wasn't; it was a survey concerning the site and new features the company was considering to make available, some of which were for a small fee.  

There were eight new features supposedly and a ninth box in which you could include suggestions.  Only three of the options were pivital in my mind, however.  The first is, that they would sell the books that they publish from their own site.  (I always felt this was inevitable; they should have been doing it much sooner.)  The second feature would be available for authors to communicate more efficiently with their editors or members of management.  The final and the best of all:  assisting the author with publication.  

My theory:  they are searching for new talent.

Now I could be thinking too deeply here, but these are the ideas that these features imply to me.  1.  By selling their own books on their website, they are maximizing income.  They no longer have to sell it to Amazon at 45% of the cover price so that's an additional 15% in their coffers.  (Common sense, eh?)  This would result in two perks for the author:  first the author might receive a bigger bonus and second, its a sure thing that they publisher would be more likely to publish quality authors that would have, at one time, been considered a risk.  Whether they do or not, of course, is their own perogative.

So does anyone else have another explanation?

Brandon Sanderson / Agents and Editors
« on: November 15, 2005, 12:20:42 AM »
I've conflicting statements in certain writer's journals which I understand is not commonplace, but one bugs me in particular.  According to one article in Writer's Digest, a writer should try to sell his story when while he is involved in the process of writing the manuscript.  Another article months later (undoubtedly by a different author) claimed that the manuscript should be completed.  Anybody have any ideas concerning that?  Because if the first is true, I can send out my first couple chapters now which would be so much more convient.  Of course that's as long as they're willing to throw a contract at me.

Also, in Orson Scott Card's How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, he states in Chapter 5, The Life and Business of Writing, 3. Agents,

"For your first novel, you don't need an agent until you've got a contract offer from a publisher.  

{ . . . }  Once you have that contract in hand, you can send it to the agent you want to have representing you . . ."

However, isn't it true that most publishers don't consider ANYTHING unless approached by an agent?

He also says not to hire an agent for any more than ten percent of your earnings.  I agree and understand, of course, but it seems that there are very few of those.

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