By: Chuck Sanbuchino
(This column excerpted from Chuck’s 2015 book, Get a Literary Agent: The Complete Guide to Securing Representation for Your Work.)
No author I know signs with an agent wanting that partnership to
end. But, sadly,
things do break down sometimes. Here are four signs that your agent-author
relationship has turned sour.
1. Lack of communication from the agent. This is the big one. Most agents will respond to your e-mails within forty-eight hours, if not much quicker. But if you’re e-mailing your agent and repeatedly getting
nada in return, that’s a bad
sign. It means your agent no longer considers you important enough to
communicate with, or she is simply avoiding you. A serious lack of
communication is a large problem and one of the first signs of a sinking ship.
2. Disagreement on big issues in your writing career. You and your agent should be on the same page concerning what you write and your career goals. Sometimes an agent sees an opening for you in another area and wants to guide you in that direction. You may take this change of direction easily, or you may not. If you feel uneasy writing what your agent wants you to write—whether it’s a completely different type of book or the suggestion to change the age of your main character from 33 to 63—then that’s another red flag.
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