Today, Hartford Books Examiner is going to make the following assumption: that a great many readers are also writers, or want to be. Here are the details on a nifty little gadget that just might help you on that journey…
On July 29, Literary agent Laurie Abkemeier launched Agent Obvious—the first free publishing iPhone app.
Based on the original “Agent Obvious Tip of the Day” as featured on Abkemeier’s Twitter feed, Agent Obvious offers advice for authors, agents, and editors in book publishing—and for those who aspire to be. Here are a few samples:
For authors: A query for a book based on a blog should include the name of and link to the blog.
For editors: Criticism is fine, but an editor’s insult at the proposal or manuscript is an insult at the author and agent.
For agents: Editors sometimes say they’ve ‘discussed it with others’ when they’ve only discussed it with an assistant.
In a press release, Abkemeier said, “All of these tips come from my experience as an editor and an agent, and I rarely add a tip to the Agent Obvious canon unless it’s something I’ve witnessed on multiple occasions. Authors, editors, agents—we all make the same mistakes again and again. Saying that you should proofread the cover of your book sounds obvious, and ridiculous, but I’ve seen typos get past dozens of pairs of eyes. The advice bears repeating, and the more obvious it is, the funnier it seems.”
Features of Agent Obvious include:
* More than 300 tips from literary agent Laurie Abkemeier, with more added every week
* A customized user experience with one-touch access to tips written specifically for authors, agents, or editors
* Quick access to tips in the most popular publishing topics: queries, proposals, manuscripts, submissions, rejections, auctions, acquisitions, editing, covers, design, author photo, production, publication, promotion, sales
* Tips for contract negotiations, including electronic rights, dramatic rights, and foreign rights
* Additional words of wisdom about publishing etiquette, reality checks, and inspiration for a beleaguered industry
* Fully searchable database
* The ability to mark favorite tips for easy reference
* One-touch option for sharing individual tips on Twitter or by email
Abkemeier spent six years as an editor before beginning her career as a literary agent in 2003. She began as an editorial assistant in the Touchstone/Fireside Division of Simon & Schuster in 1992 before moving to Hyperion in 1994, where she developed a broad list of non-fiction titles and was responsible for five New York Times bestsellers. She is now associated with DeFiore and Company in New York, where she exclusively represents works of non-fiction.