Literary Agents?

Surprise from the Indie Author.

I’ve writing about indie publishing for quite awhile now and have been exploring social media and promotion of various kinds. But for me, it’s a bit of a problem. I know that a lot of promotion and sales take place on the web and that, with ebooks, we may not really need publishers and literary agents. But is that true right now? Or is it getting that way/ For some people, indie publishing works but for others it can be a really slow slog.

So, I’ve come to some conclusions in this new year and I’d be interested in finding out what other writers think. For indie writers, we are still missing something really important. That is—we cannot get distribution except on the web. Also, we cannot have access to the world of the traditional media. Of course, we can podcast on the web and get reviews and interact with social networks [and that is all great] but somehow, I think we need both lots and lots of web activity, our books into bricks and mortar bookstores[even if those stores are threatened] and on radio and television.

I know the picture is changing and that so much activity has moved onto the web, but somehow, it doesn’t seem to be enough. Even those authors who have become successful on the web and have built a base with sales are often delighted when a traditional publishing house wants to re-issue the novel and really get behind its promotion. Otherwise, it seems as if many indie authors just don’t have the time and money to promote to the degree necessary to really get significant sales.

So, I’ve decided to search for a literary agent who might be able to get my novels to a traditional publisher. First, there’s The Osgoode Trilogy, comprised of Conduct in Question, Final Paradox and A Trial of One. This is the trilogy inspired by my thirty years of law practice—all in the legal suspense genre

And then, there’s the Trilogy of Remembrance. The Drawing Lesson, is the first and the next one, which will be available for publication in 2011, The Fate of Pryde. This is the world of art—not the law. As I edit and revise it, I’m finding that it’s the one I like best of all of them.

So, there’s a list of more than one thousand agents and, since it’s a matter of numbers, you can bet I’m working my way through it. If you hear of any agents or publishers out there looking for exciting novels, let me know. And, as always, I’d love to hear about your experiences.







About Mary E. Martin

Mary E. Martin grew up in Toronto, Canada. After earning an Honors Degree in History at the University of Toronto, she graduated with her law degree from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. In 1973, she was called to the Bar of Ontario and began the general practice of law in Toronto, with emphasis on real estate, wills and estates and elder-care law. This law practice of more than 30 years was a great inspiration for The Osgoode Trilogy ("Conduct in Question," "Final Paradox" and "A Trial of One.") Her fourth novel, “The Drawing Lesson,” will be the first in the next trilogy, provisionally entitled “The Trilogy of Rmembrance.” She is also a photographer particularly with respect to her travels. She has had two commercial photography shows. Married in 1973, she and her husband live in Toronto. They have three adult children.
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2 Responses to Literary Agents?

  1. Diane Holmes says:

    Dear Mary,

    I’m working on an article right now (written by Marcus Sakey, well-known thriller writer) about pitching and querying the “right” agent. I’ll post it in a day or so at Pitch University.

    Anyway, come on out to Pitch University. Starting February, we’ll be having Pitch U Pitchfest weeks, where you learn to pitch from an agent, editor, or expert. Right now, we’re running 30 Pitch Lessons in 30 Days. 🙂

    You’re in an interesting situation, since you seem to be hoping to sell re-print rights to a NY house. That does happen for some self-published book that have really sold well. So, I’ll cross my fingers for you.

    Good Luck.

  2. Thanks very much for the well-wishes and the tip. I will certainly attend Pitch U. It sounds like a great idea which should draw a lot of attention. I know there are a lot of authors who are trying to accomplish the same goal as me and so, there’s much company. I’m planning to post up-dating blogs about the trek! So, anyone on the same journey should feel free to join in.

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