New Agent Versus Established Agent
Something you should know when you’re looking at me for an agent–I’m a new agent. I’ve been in the business a long time, and I have good contacts, so that’s a plus. I’m also working with Ethan Ellenberg, who’s really good and really well-established, so that’s another plus. But I’m still so new the tags are still on. The advantage of working with a new agent that is they don’t have a bunch of other clients competing for their attention. There’s a window of opportunity while they are looking to build a list.
Right now, I”m on the hunt, and looking to take on new people.
In the interests of full disclusure, the downside is equally real. When an agent has high-powered clients, and then takes on a new client, there’s an implicit threat in every negotiation: Treat my new client nicely, or I will remember it when the time comes for me to negotiate the contract for my eight-hundred-pound gorilla client. It’s never, ever spoken, but it hangs in the air when an agent is working with an editor to negotiate a deal for a new author.
I don’t have any eight hundred pound gorillas. Yet.
So be sure to take that into account when considering agents in your agent hunt.