Over the past few months I have been inquiries about how an aspiring or independent author goes about getting published? This informative blog post by Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner provides some insights as to how publishers think…

How Do Agents & Publishers Make Decisions?

By: Rachelle Gardner

“I was talking with our intern Sarah the other day (hi Sarah!) and she had some questions about a couple of my recent posts. In It’s About What’s Selling I explained that publishers tend to make future decisions based on what has sold well for them in the past. Yet in Don’t Ask Me About Trends I said that while I pay attention to what’s selling, I also take trends with a grain of salt.

So Sarah’s question was: Which is it? How do you make decisions?

Once and for all, I’ll try to explain this.

Years ago, a famous screenwriter named William Goldman coined a phrase that came to be an oft-repeated mantra in Hollywood: Nobody knows anything.

By this, he meant that we can’t predict the future. So when a studio plunks down millions of dollars to make a movie, or a publisher shells out thousands to produce a book, there is no guarantee that it will sell. This has always been true, and it will always be true.

Still, we have various tools at our disposal that help us make decisions about what kinds of books to publish (or what kind of movies/TV shows to produce)….”

To continue reading, see: http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-do-agents-publishers-make-decisions.html

Question: How are you using this information to better position yourself? 

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