Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Alexander Field Literary Agency?

Lately, I've been sitting down with some writer friends and helping them to outline, shape and even edit their new book ideas or manuscripts. This became such a regular thing that (not that I was doing it for money, of which there was none!) last year I formed a small side business and opened a bank account for all my personal freelance writing, editing and this regular editorial consulting that I just sort of happened into.

Then I took it a step further and decided to form a small boutique literary agency to give me a way to help my friends go to the publishers. So I drafted my own literary agency contract, set up the home office and set some very clear personal guidelines. I will not agent any book that will compete with the books I might publish for my employer, Regal Books. This means that I will not represent Christian nonfiction in any form. Other than that, I am open for business.

Even though I am wading into this slowly, I am already learning as I negotiate and engage in the back and forth discussions with NY publishing companies, that I am accustomed to having from the other side of the table. Throughout this process, I'm almost learning the business anew.

And because I only do this on the weekends and in the evenings in the wee hours, I have had to become been very selective about the projects on which I spend my time. As of today, I have taken on several official clients, and I'm discussing book projects with two other authors whom I think have good book concepts that could sell to a publisher.

Once some of these deals become public I will list more of the details here, but for today this post is a kind of christening as this new ship leaves port!

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Keanan Brand said...

Awesome! I hope your endeavors flourish.

I kinda backed into the whole freelance editing gig when various writers I knew kept coming to me for manuscript critiques and edits, and started paying me for my time. I didn't ask for the money -- at least, not at first! -- but when the projects became consuming, I had to start imposing boundaries. When my "no" wasn't acceptable, they asked, "So, how much will you take? Do you charge by the page?"

I derive greater satisfaction from helping a fellow writer, though, than a check will ever provide.

Anita said...

Woo Hoo! Congratulations! It'll be fun watching how this develops from stage one.

Wendy said...

Congratulations! This sounds like a wonderful adventure. Do you represent women's fiction?
~ Wendy

Tracy Edward Wymer said...

Sounds great. I realize you are taking on selected projects. If you are interested in middle grade fiction, let me know.


Ricky Bush said...

Good luck to you Alexander. New adventures can be rewarding. Anyway--

Samuel D. Smith said...

How's that inbox holding up?

Congrats and all the best.

Janet said...

Well, colour me gobsmacked. I sure wasn't expecting that.

Congratulations! Even if you never say another word, the world will beat a path to your door. If you'd hung out your shingle about three months ago, I would have been beating too. ;o)

Please let us know how it goes. Looking forward to hearing great things.

Jesse Giglio said...

Alexander Field, Literary Agent. Has a nice ring to it. Congrats. Now I need to come up with something non-Christian nonfiction...

Alexander Field said...

Thank you Keanan, Anita and Wendy. And Wendy to answer your question, I don't rep romance, but I would consider strong women's fiction, yes. See the new post on how to query.

Tracy, I do consider middle grade YA, yes.

Thanks Ricky, Sam, Janet and Jessie. I'll update the blog as it goes along! And Jessie, I know you've thought about writing a book...good luck! : )

Pink Ink said...

Wow, Alexander. This is quite the development! From how you described your progress, I can see how this is just the natural progression of things.

Best of luck!