Blogger: Rachel Kent
I wrote a similar post to this one last December. In that post, I looked at how many debut projects our agency sold in 2014. I’d like to share our stats for 2015 (to date), today.
One of my favorite things to do is to call a debut client to tell him or her that we received an offer. It’s such a delight to share in the moment when that author’s dreams become a reality. All sales are extremely exciting, but there is something extra special about getting an offer on a debut. We discovered our debut clients and have believed in them from the beginning. We’ve often spent years working hard together to find just the right project to catch the editor’s eye.
Every year, at Books & Such, our book sales are comprised of three different kinds of books. We have the debut projects; the “renewables” (new projects sold to the publishing house of an established author); and the books by established authors who are either starting out at a new publishing house or who publish with multiple publishing houses.
This year at Books & Such, we sold projects for nine debut authors! Two of the debut sales were fiction and the other seven were nonfiction. The two fiction authors have sold multiple projects this year. Nine projects is a small percentage of our total agency sales, but it is a wonderful number of new authors starting out in the publishing world. This year’s number of debut sales is only one less than we had in 2014. I hope hearing of these nine debut sales is an encouragement to those of you who have heard there is no room for debut authors. There are slots for debut authors, and many editors are excited to get books from new talent. And Books & Such is just one agency. I’m sure other agents are getting debut sales, too.
Finding the right project, agent, or editor takes time, so I hope you’ll stick with it and follow your dreams even when the publishing industry can seem so discouraging.