Monday, 21 September 2009

I have an agent!


Good news, for a change! I met up today with Broo Doherty of Wade and Doherty, and now all that's left is the signing of the contract. This has come (for me) neatly after David's post (below), in which Emma Darwin makes almost all the points which persuaded me I really do need professional representation. Broo made a particularly good point, I thought, when she said that she was amazed at how many writers don't feel they can phone their agents too often because they 'don't want to bother them.' Her advice to these authors is 'then get another agent.' One of the reasons I want an agent is precisely so that I CAN bother her about all the little niggles and queries which crop up.

The interesting news it that she wants to see my failed novel (no. 3). I'm not sure how I feel about that...

16 comments:

Aliya Whiteley said...

How utterly cool! Huge congrats!

I see your agent used to work with my agent. It's a small (publishing) world.

Ellie said...

Whoopee, Frances!

How many of us are agented now?

Brian
Aliya
Frances
Faye


Eliza

RDJ said...

Fantastic news. Congrats!

Faye L. Booth said...

Congratulations! I must admit, at first I was loath to 'bother' my agent with things - not because he's at all unapproachable, but because I figured that he has plenty of authors to deal with and he can't always be fussing over me - but he says that that is what he's for, and I can't really deny that!

Alis said...

Excellent stuff, Frances - congratulations! I hope it turns out to be a very useful, fruitful partnership.

David Isaak said...

That's great--and the agent may have something interesting to say about the novel in the drawer. It ought to be worth it for that alone!

Aliya Whiteley said...

I don't bother my agent at all, being somewhat in awe of her. I bother the in-house editor who works with my agent constantly - running past ideas, pondering what to write next, chasing stuff up. The poor woman must be sick of me, but she never lets on.

Tim Stretton said...

Good news, Frances!

Ann Weisgarber said...

Excellent news!

Frances Garrood said...

Thanks so much, everyone. It feels really good, and a relief, too.

Brian McGilloway said...

Congrats Frances!

suroopa said...

Congratulation, Frances! And I am mighty glad your your agent has shown interest in seeing your so called discarded ms. Who knows! I really enjoyed Dead Earnest.

Phillipa said...

Congrats Fraces. Broo has been my agent for a few years now and she is fabulous. Yes, you can phone her!!! Good luck with you career.

Matt Curran said...

Big congrats, Frances!

I'm still umming and ahhing whether to go down this road too. I reckon I'll wait until Macmillan have sight of the 3rd Secret War novel before I start seriously looking. I might even do some agent-hunting at the World Horror Convention in Brighton next year (there's a number of high-profile agents that could necessitate a chat about where I go from here...).

Frances Garrood said...

Thanks again for the support, guys. Matt - I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have someone leap into action on your behalf when you're used to doing it all by yourself. I really recommend it!

Eliza Graham said...

'I might even do some agent-hunting at the World Horror Convention in Brighton next year '

This has had me snorting into my glass of wine, Matt!