Why getting an agent was different for me this time round

By Abiola Bello, co-founder of The Author School

Author of Emily Knight I am... and Emily Knight I am...Awakened

abiolabello@theauthorschool.com 

@EmilyKnightIam

I fired my agent last year. I had two choices—deal with your current situation or change it up. As an author, I know how hard it is getting an agent (I waited years!!) but just because you get one, it doesn't mean that they are the right one for you. 

I wrote a new story - a YA book - and sent it to my agent. She said she really liked it but I didn't get the vibe that she had read it.. She said she was sending it out but for some reason I didn't believe it. I had to shake myself and say WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I've waited too long for an agent and I need one who is like me and just goes 100% in. I agonised over it. Wasn't it worth having an agent even if they aren't perfect? Hell no! 

So I let my agent go last year and started submitting for my new book. The response was like night and day from when I did this in my early twenties. I had loads of positive responses and an offer from an agent. I even have publishing houses asking me to send me my book directly (or with the big ones) when I get an agent. The biggest difference was my confidence. I knew I had written a damn good original commercial book and had amazing editors working on it.

It's hard and it's tough but don't give up on the agent search. Maybe book 1 and 2 isn't for them and who cares? If you write with a commercial mindset, you will get the right agent. Trust me on that. Keep investing in your dream. It pays off. 

Want to know how to pitch to an agent? Come along to An afternoon with The Author School with me and Helen on the 13th July 2018. More info here

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