OK. So Wade and Doherty were a no but they are going to get a tick in the “good guys” box because they were kind to me.
- They were fast.
I submitted my query on 21 December. Robin Wade replied to me today, 5 January. That’s 15 days… most of which were holiday. Top job.
- They were kind.
What may well be their standard “no” is still a very good one. I quote.
Many thanks for sending us this proposal, which I read with interest. I considered it carefully but I’m afraid on balance it just doesn’t quite grab my imagination in the way that it must for me to offer to represent you. So I must follow my instinct and pass on this occasion. I’m sorry to be so disappointing, but thanks for thinking of us. Of course this is a totally subjective judgement, so do try other agents and I wish you every success.
3. They were helpful.
I asked the e-publishing question.
Like many unpublished authors, I’m thinking of e-publishing my book. How would that be looked upon from your side of the divide – as entrepreneurial flair or desperation?
His reply was pretty instant…
Desperation, I’m afraid, but ok of course if it will otherwise be unpublished.
Hmm… This is the second or third warning I’ve had about this from people a lot closer to the industry than I am. Maybe I should submit to a few more agents before I e-publish my entire novel. Sigh… the original plan which was to submit to the lot (there are only about 20 in my field who do comedy too) but I got so discouraged last year when it took so bloody long…
I’m going to have to do that, though, or shoot my credibility to bits. When they’ve all said no… that’s when I e-publish, I guess.
And I see no harm in carrying on e-publishing free shorts… if plenty of people end up downloading those, it has to help prove the stuff appeals. I won’t miss the e-publishing explosion either, that way… or at least even if I am last to market with a commercial product, the freebies might have built up a small following.