Frequently Asked Questions
All kinds and all genres. There is a great demand for quality writing in all areas.
A query letter is usually a one-page letter describing the work you would like us to consider for possible representation.
A query letter is typically responded to in 2 or 3 weeks, but may be even sooner if a specific publisher is looking for a particular type of book.
Yes. Include the first three chapters of your book. This will give us insight to both the substance and style of your writing.
Yes, feel free to send simultaneous submissions. However, please note this in your query letter and inform any member of a literary agency who may contact you that you have queried multiple agents.
Yes. We have to be able to study each project in its entirety before making any decision regarding representation.
No. Publishers rarely respond positively to books that have been self published.
We are constantly in touch with publishers all over the world, ranging from the big name houses in New York to foreign publishers in various languages. We do NOT work with “vanity presses.”
These rights include electronic rights, motion picture and television rights, audio book rights, audiovisual rights, merchandising rights and dramatic or performance rights. Motion picture, television, audio and merchandising rights are good examples of how valuable subsidiary rights can be. Today, the demand for E-books has created a fantastic source of revenue for authors.
The agency receives a fifteen percent (15%) commission on all revenue generated from the sale of our client’s book project to a publisher. This includes all advance and royalty payments for the life of the book. If we retain translation rights (rather than including them in the sale to the publisher): When a sub-agent is used, for foreign rights sales or other sales, ten percent (10%) commission is paid to the sub-agent and 15% to our agency. If no sub-agent is used for a foreign rights sale our agency retains twenty five percent (25%).
As soon as a writer finishes a manuscript, it is automatically protected under copyright law. However, many writers are more comfortable securing an official copyright certificate prior to submitting their works to agents and editors. When a writer sells a project to a publisher, the publisher will register the copyright in the author’s name. We always recommend to our writers to send the manuscript to yourself via double registered mail before anyone else sees it. Do NOT open it when it arrives – just keep it on file for proof of authenticity.
Yes, if you want to be published by a major publisher and secure royalties from the sales of your ancillary rights. Most editors from publishing houses prefer an author who has representation.