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Can I hire an author manager as a beginner author?

You certainly can --someone will always be willing to take your money --but there are multiple reasons this is a bad idea: 1) You're putting the cart before the horse: You're managing a writing ...
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When do you stop "pushing" a book?

The most likely explanation is that your queries are poorly written, or the agents you are querying are poorly suited to your work (or feel they are after reading your query). If you are getting ...
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I cannot figure out the exact genre (and target audience) of my book

Your novel has a major supernatural element in it: people come back from the dead. No matter how you spin it, the central premise of your novel is supernatural. Correct me if I am wrong, but if you ...
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Can I hire an author manager as a beginner author?

Probably Thinking of a Literary Agent The role you are describing is really that of a Literary Agent. Part of the question is, "Would a Literary Agent take on an unknown and begin representing her/...
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I cannot figure out the exact genre (and target audience) of my book

Keep in mind, genre isn't an exact science, it's a marketing tool, and cross-genre books can actually do very well. Neuromancer is science-fiction noir. Star Wars is science-fiction fairy tale. ...
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Would a full service print-on-demand (PoD) company include a literary agent?

It may be a scam When I read your question I was reminded of all those scam questions over at Money.SE - you mention that you contacted the first two of those companies and then the third contacted ...
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When do you stop "pushing" a book?

Answer: You stop when you are ready to stop. You begin again when you wish to begin. New agents come on the scene every month or two. New publishers too. Part of the answer, which complements the ...
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When do you stop "pushing" a book?

My answer is a little broad and maybe even opinion-based… so here goes. I think you can divide your decision process into 3 "problem areas" – it's a little difficult to say these things in a neutral ...
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Is it posssible to find a literary agent if I'm Egyptian but write in English?

I see no reason why not; agents have no bias against foreign writers, they want good stories. You seem to have a command of English, and you obviously have Internet access. The technical details of ...
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Querying a book that already has public exposure on Wattpad. What do agents think of this?

Ultimately, agents and publishers are interested in what will sell. At one time, it was considered that prior publication online would cannibalize print sales, so writers needed to choose one or the ...
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Include book cover in query letter to agent?

I think that is a definite marketing mistake on your side by trying to sell your book that way. Nobody else does it so you would look more like an amateur. I was an agent briefly, and would take it as ...
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Are agents too busy for new clients? What should I do next?

Agents do get a lot of submissions. Hundreds. But it is a myth that they are too busy to take on new clients or that it's impossible to get an agent if you are an unknown author. A few years ago, I ...
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Is it posssible to find a literary agent if I'm Egyptian but write in English?

I spent some time in Oman and Kuwait this year and in Egypt a few years back and found the people to be extremely welcoming and lovely. When I look around York I see many people from other parts of ...
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As an author, how can you ensure that your agent/publisher isn’t ripping you off by pocketing your money and giving you false info about sales?

How can you be sure your employer is telling the truth when she says there's no money for bonuses this year? Or your local farmer's market farmer who says the early rain messed with the harvest and ...
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How to find the right literary agent in the USA?

I highly recommend http://agentquery.com. It's free, searchable by category and oriented towards North American agents. I haven't personally had any luck yet securing an agent through them, but the ...
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When do you stop "pushing" a book?

Converting comments to an answer as suggested by @wetcircuit WHY BOOKS SUCCEED I was in the same place with my first novel. Many writers assume that the doors aren't open to them or there's some ...
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Querying a book that already has public exposure on Wattpad. What do agents think of this?

Any writing award is a good thing, and so the Watty is fabulous--congrats. You also have an arguable fan base, and I'm jealous! Novella's are rarely queried. Short stories go to anthologies and ...
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How Do You Find a Literary Agent?

It is not necessary to go to a writer's conference to get an agent. Agent Query is an excellent resource --free, searchable, and legitimate. Other than that, your best bet is probably Writers' ...
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What exactly is an editor "summary"?

Probably NOT a synopsis or plot summary. I think he is looking for a report the editor would write about the work after editing it. This is not a book report like a summary or synopsis, but the ...
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I cannot figure out the exact genre (and target audience) of my book

Yeah, you have to plainly label this as fantasy. Not science-fiction. Because the fantasy elements are ones that would jar the reader if they were expecting reality. And I think it will turn off ...
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Would a full service print-on-demand (PoD) company include a literary agent?

Rasdashan, I would advise you NEVER to pay a company to publish your book. No professional agent will ever ask for money. No professional publishing house will ever ask for money. Publishing houses ...
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What Genre Is My Book Judging By My Logline?

Well, that's not a logline, that's a (somewhat confusing) description of the premise. No agent is going to take a second look. A log line or logline is a brief (usually one-sentence) summary of a ...
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How much does imperfect grammar put off an agent?

When you submit to an agent or publisher, your writing is all they have to go on when forming an opinion of your work. You want to make the best impression that you can. Think of it this way: If they'...
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