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Books and Literary Agents by tucsonmike on 23 November 2008 2:20am
 
Today was our chapter meeting of Saguaro Romance Writers. I am still waiting to hear from my publisher.

We had a guest, literary agent Jessica Faust. Elaine pitched her books to her.

What we learned was you need a hook. Elaine is adding words to one book. I am now working on the Moriarty sequel. I was told anything involving Sherlock Holmes would sell. So I am building the adventure on the New Mexico landscape. How are Holmes and Watson going to deal with the even more rotten Mrs. Moriarty.

Books need a "hook." Holmes is a hook. Think about being on this site and buying Mr. Palin's books or watching his series. In his case, he, Michael Palin himself is the hook. Very few get to that stage. Mr. Palin does not have to go to an agent and come up with a hook to the book.
 
Re: Books and Literary Agents by johnnythemonkey on 23 November 2008 3:51am
 
Mike: Michael was the "hook" ? His books sold because he was already a much loved comedian and darling of the chat shows. His books were and are, sold on the back of very successful travel series on TV.
Anything written by Arthur Conan Doyle on Holmes will sell......but he stopped writing some time ago.
 
Re: Books and Literary Agents by mrsthing on 23 November 2008 10:12pm
 
Perhaps "sure-fire selling point" is a better description than "hook". But yes, if a book doesn't have something that makes lots of people say, "Gotta have it!", you're not going to find a publisher.

A friend of mine is shopping around a historical/mystery novel about vampires. She's had a few bites (no pun intended), because vampires are "hot" right now.
 
Re: Books and Literary Agents by tucsonmike on 24 November 2008 12:41am
 
Judy, if your friend needs an agent, I will pass on the name.
 
Re: Books and Literary Agents by mrsthing on 24 November 2008 1:00pm
 
Thanks, Mike. She's got one, after a couple of years of trying to get by on her own. But if things don't work out with this one, I'll check in with you. I just hope she gets the book out soon--from what she's told me, it sounds really interesting! I love a good historical novel.
 
Re: Books and Literary Agents by tucsonmike on 24 November 2008 6:57pm
 
No prolbem, Judy. It has been slow @ work today, so I was writing bet. calls.

I am also adding some dialogue to the original book to make my publisher happy. That is a good thing LOL!
 



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