I’m slightly more than a month into doing my own thing and it’s the best time I’ve had as an agent. Sure, I won’t see royalty checks for maybe a year, and those are the ultimate report cards for any agency, but I have three deals pretty much down, and more on the way. That’s not bad for starters.
I’ve spent much of the first month prospecting, and my first signed contract is with an author I found via her blog. She’s not only a kick, she has great potential for future books.
I have to thank the publishers who have been generous with their time and their wish lists, which really helps me to focus. In fact, I’m in the midst of a big push right now and couldn’t do it without the partners I’ve worked with over the last fifteen years.
Authors always acknowledge the folks who contribute to their work, and I’d like to do the same thing on occasion. I have to give a huge thanks to Harold and Phyllis Davis for their encouragement that I go out on my own, as well as for their longstanding friendship. And I thank Dave Taylor and Deke McClelland for their similar encouragement, and Andy Rathbone, John Mueller and Barrie Sosinsky for choosing to bring new projects to me. And thanks to Joe Hutsko and Phil Reed for numerous referrals.
On the publisher side I’ve had great support from folks at Sams Technical Publishing, Que, Wiley, Peachpit, O’Reilly, McGraw-Hill and many more.
As the header says, this is fun, fulfilling, and creative work for me, and that wouldn’t be the case if I didn’t have such great partners.
And, as regards my foremost partner, there is no way I could do this without the constant support of my girlfriend, Amy.
I’ll have many more acknowledgements to come and I know I’ve missed some folks, but I have to get back to work.