Querying literary agents

Panda hiding in bambooLiterary agents, to many, are elusive creatures; difficult to find and communicate with in their native habitat.  Maybe like a panda or a snow leopard. Last month I wrote about whether you needed a literary agent. The majority of academic authors likely do not need one. Some, however, will need or benefit from one.

Briefly, an agent represents writers and their written works to publishers. They assist in the sale and negotiation between the writer and the publisher.

Let’s say you do want to try to secure one: how do you proceed? [Read more…]

Do you need a literary agent?

Fancy lunchLiterary agents conjure up so many images in the book culture. Two of the most common ones might be fabulous lunches at expensive New York restaurants or excited phone calls about a book auction. Let’s dive into what a literary agent is and examine if you need one.

A literary agent (let’s just call them agent from here on out) represents writers and their written works to publishers. They assist in the sale and negotiation between the writer and the publisher. They are not editors or publishers. They prefer your work to be in its final form or very close to it. [Read more…]

Why you might want to consider hiring a literary agent to help you negotiate your next textbook contract

Michael Lennie

Michael Lennie

Authoring Attorney and Literary Agent Michael Lennie, of Lennie Literary & Author’s Attorneys, answers some questions about the advantages of hiring a literary agent to represent you when negotiating a textbook contract:

Q: How often are you hired as an agent for textbook authors?

Lennie: “A rough estimate would be 5-8 times a year, and the number is slowly growing.” [Read more…]

Textbook author shares her experience working with literary agent

Dr. Cynthia Arem hired literary agent Michael Lennie of Lennie Literary & Authors Attorneys to negotiate the contract for her most recent book, Conquering Writing Anxiety. He is also negotiating the terms for her Conquering Reading Anxiety book, which is in the proposal stage, and negotiating the terms for the third edition of her Conquering Math Anxiety: A Self-Help Workbook with CD, 2nd Edition, published by Brooks/Cole.

“I previously negotiated my own contracts, and in retrospect, realized that I gave too many of my rights away, and I was missing important clauses in the contracts; clauses which would have been to my benefit,” she said. “I find that my agent fights for me. I don’t have to deal with contract negotiations with my publisher. My agent knows contract law and works to get me the best contract terms an author can get.” [Read more…]