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Publishing Excerpts

Posted: January 18th, 2013, 8:45 am
by calsea
Hi Nathan -- I am currently looking for an agent to represent my memoir. I am not published elsewhere and have no on-line presence. (I am working on both.) I have written an excerpt--in a slightly different form than the ms--and am thinking of submitting it to established journals in hopes of publication.

Is this a good idea? I have heard that agents will like the idea a portion has been published and that agents won't like it.

Thanks for the help --

Re: Publishing Excerpts

Posted: January 19th, 2013, 10:59 pm
by Nathan Bransford
calsea wrote:Hi Nathan -- I am currently looking for an agent to represent my memoir. I am not published elsewhere and have no on-line presence. (I am working on both.) I have written an excerpt--in a slightly different form than the ms--and am thinking of submitting it to established journals in hopes of publication.

Is this a good idea? I have heard that agents will like the idea a portion has been published and that agents won't like it.

Thanks for the help --
Here's a post on publishing credits and how much they help/don't help: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2008/03 ... shing.html

It can be a bit of a boost, but honestly an agent is going to care more about the work as a whole. If you do decide to share excerpts, be very very careful about the terms of the agreement you sign and make sure you're totally free to use the excerpt going forward. You don't want to tie up the rights.

Re: Publishing Excerpts

Posted: January 24th, 2013, 12:00 pm
by calsea
Thank you Nathan -- This helps, and I will be careful about any agreement I sign --
BTW: I don't know why I didn't see your answer right away. Please know I appreciate your response and time
carol