Rachelle Gardner discusses the process of getting and agent from the agent side. Knowing both sides of the board can certainly help your chances of success.
Agents do more than sell books, a post form the BookEnds agency. Yes, and this is why you want an agent. Sure, there are some authors who do the whole thing themselves. And there's the occasional author who doubles as their own agent (sometimes with a fake name, sometimes not). But, just like I really don't want to negotiate distribution contracts, an agent earns their 15% by doing a great many things, both what is spelled out in the blog post and much more.
Since this seems to be an agent linkage post, here's Agent Kristin with some author behavior that doesn't normally get mentioned. And then she has a follow-up here. What she said. If your agent isn't working out, definitely find another route. I've seen getting an agent compared to marriage, and it's close. You and your agent are relying on each other. If either side isn't carrying their water then cut your loses and move on. However, just because you have an agent, this doesn't mean you can stop paying attention to the markets and the business end of publishing. As she says, things are tough all over.
Justine Larbalestier talks about hopes and goals. What she said. Yes, most writers have two fantasies in their heads (and here I'll speak for you all, you're welcome). The first fantasy has to do with being so incredibly successful that media outlets contact you for interviews instead of having to beg for them. The second fantasy has to do with being so incredibly successful that you ask people who come to your signings if they want your to supersize that order, or would they like an apple pie.
And this may seem like a random interjection, but it's about a book, so I think it's good.
Glenn Beck's website (yes, I know, but it's good to keep tabs on the person who may go postal, just saying) is now promoting his new book "The Christmas Sweater: A return to redemption." There's now a landing page on his site that is basically a big ad for it. I guess we're all going to get mind control sweaters this Xmas and suddenly we'll all be conservatives again. Or a few good sweaters will end the "War on Xmas." Or something like that. I guess "Xmas Shoes" were all ready spoken for.