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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."

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 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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