- Literary Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan
Authors are now expected to do more to expand their fan base than ever before, according to Literary Agent, Courtney Miller-Callihan of Sanford J. Greenberger Associates, Inc.
Courtney spoke last Saturday at the Orange County Chapter’s 31st Annual Birthday Bash, a fun affair at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Brea, CA. Courtney had both good news and bad for authors.
On the good side, there is a resurgence of romantic suspense and editors are looking for submissions. Turns out the success of romantic suspense self-published books has reopened that sub-genre to opportunities again with New York publishers.
Because of the explosion of self-publishing, agents now need to help their authors with career advice, according to Courtney. Self-publishing may be the right thing to do for some well-established authors and not such a great idea for others. In either case, the author needs to understand how many of the roles publishers have handled in the past the author will now have to undertake themselves such as editing, covers, marketing…
With the Internet comes issues of privacy, Courtney reminded us. Do you want to reveal personal details such as posting pictures of your young children on FaceBook? If your house is in the background of a photo, there are computer programs that can identify your address. Yikes! She urges authors to decide where you need to draw the line about what you’ll share with the world. Thanks for your advice, Courtney.
Where do you draw the line?
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