Blogger: Rachel Kent
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 ten debut authors! And four of those ten people sold more than one project this year. This is a small percentage of our total agency sales, but it is a wonderful number of new authors starting out in the publishing world. Four of those ten authors are fiction writers and the other six are nonfiction. I hope this is an encouragement to those of you who have heard there is no room for new people in publishing today. There are slots for debut authors, and many editors are excited to get books from new talent. They are always looking for a breakout project.
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.
Be encouraged! Debut authors are still finding publishing homes. Via @RachellKent Click to tweet.