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Literary Agent - Evelyn Rainey

"A key objective is lower e-book prices," Amazon wrote in a blog post last week. The company made its case for $9.99 e-books, explaining that "For every copy an e-book would sell at $14.99, it would sell 1.74 copies if priced at $9.99."

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-amazon-e-book-numbers-20140731-story.html

I always thought "literary agents" were about as useful as "a fifth wheel" - based on my experiences with them. I tried for an entire year to find an agent. I found sharks and shysters and snobs who only wanted Leon Uris and Sydney Sheldon and really sweet individuals who couldn't spell their way out of a paper sack... I know there are very professional agents out there; I just never found them. 

So when I set up Denouement Literary Agency, LLC I decided to be a UNIQUE agent. My goal is to help the author become published. Period. I don't market. I don't charge a percentage of the royalties (because quite honestly, royalties are based on the honesty of the distributor and the integrity of the publisher's financial office - and takes forever.) 

My first step (after getting the signed contract) is to get my client's proposal packet in prime condition. I edit, they re-write. 

Second step for me is to start pitching the packet to publishers while I gently (or not so gently) encourage the author to do self-editing on the manuscript along the lines that I did on the packet – if it needs it. 

When I have found a publishing contract, my client pays me -- ONLY THEN and only the amount specified in the contract. 

The publishers I work with are mostly from the USA, but I have contacted a few from Europe, Canada and Australia. They are traditional or small press publishing houses only. 

I'm having so much fun! I love helping authors hone their craft. I would be grateful if you would pass this information along to your Meetup group. 

Evelyn Rainey 
Denouement Literary Agency LLC 

http://Denouementlit.com Nineteen “rules governing literary art in the domain of romantic fiction,”


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  • Lindsey J C.

    Someone at this meetup (sorry, I forgot your name) told me that anyone can post reviews to Rotten Tomatoes, but I can't figure out how to do it. Can someone please help? Karma will reward you!

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Evelyn was very informed and willing to share her knowledge. She was willing to share several personal experiences. I liked her authenticity.

    2 · August 14, 2014

  • Robert D.

    Great presentation! Good info given.

    4 · August 13, 2014

  • Mitch F.

    An outstanding presentation

    5 · August 13, 2014

  • Rebecca M.

    Great meeting!

    4 · August 12, 2014

  • Jewel P.

    Evelyn provided excellent information to anyone interested in getting published and important steps to hook publishers and readers. Her relaxed style was informative and entertaining.

    5 · August 12, 2014

  • Mimi C.

    I'm so sorry I can't make it, I was carried away with of all things writing! LOL I really wanted to meet this speaker but would never make it on time.

    August 12, 2014

  • Linda

    I have a scheduling conflict and look forward to meeting another time.

    August 11, 2014

  • Kenneth J.

    I am always on the lookout for good information and solid people.

    1 · August 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested in the process

    1 · August 7, 2014

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