Episode 12: Book Deal + No Agent = NOW WHAT!?

Way-Word Writers Podcast

Mar 25 2024 • 38 mins

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Disclaimer: Anything stated in this episode is for educational purposes only and not to be used as legal advice.

In this episode of 'Way-Word Writers', hosts Heather Cashman, Stephanie Bearce, and Nikki Jacobsmeyer address the critical scenario of receiving a book deal without having an agent, a topic prompted by discussions observed on Twitter. The episode covers the dilemma authors face between negotiating the deal themselves or using the opportunity to secure an agent. The hosts emphasize the importance of celebrating achievements before diving into decision-making and stress not committing immediately to offers. They discuss the scenarios of proceeding with or without an agent. Recommendations for those choosing to go agentless include seeking legal advice from a publishing-experienced lawyer and consulting trusted peers. Furthermore, they explore how having a deal might make an author more attractive to potential agents, yet caution about selecting the right agent focused on a long-term career rather than a single book. They also delve into how agents can secure better contract terms, support authors emotionally, and assist in career planning. The episode concludes with encouraging authors to have a game plan, query both agents and editors if unagented, and leverage every opportunity for success in the publishing industry.

00:00 Introduction to the Special Episode
00:18 The Happy Dilemma of Landing a Book Deal Without an Agent
01:36 Celebrating Your Wins and Initial Steps
02:46 Navigating Offers and Contracts Without an Agent
07:09 Seeking Legal Advice and Understanding Contract Terms
11:35 The Pros and Cons of Getting an Agent with a Book Deal
26:06 The Importance of Having a Game Plan
37:52 Final Thoughts and Advice

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