- Natalie Bahm gave me a referral to her agent (now my agent) based on getting to know me via my blog and reading my excerpts on blogfests. This allowed me to get in front of Sara more quickly. So I never would’ve gotten the referral without the blog.
- Blogging has made me a better writer. When all I blog about is craft, it forces ME to learn too, lol.
- Sara is very big on web presence. It is a deal breaker for her if an author doesn’t have a professional website (meaning a dedicated site—not just a blog.) After she read my query and partial, she sent me an email letting me know how much she liked my sites. So she was researching my presence.
- Without the support of my bloggy/writer friends, I may have gone nuts by now! :)
There are definitely agents who rep erotic romance and erotica. I signed up for QueryTracker.net and did my research on there. However, I also looked at the acknowledgement pages of some of my favorite EroRom authors because they always thank their agent. Sometimes it takes a little digging, but if someone says they rep romance, look deeper—many will rep erotic as well. Some agents off the top of my head besides Sara—Paige Wheeler, Laura Bradford, Roberta Brown, and Jessica Faust. But there are a good number more. I also saw recently that one of the agencies has a dedicated agent for selling to epubs.
How many queries did you send out before Sara requested your manuscript?
Was the multi-book deal part of the initial offer, or something your agent negotiated?
When your book comes out, what would you prefer I buy, a paper copy or a digital copy?