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Amy Rennert of the Amy Rennert Agency

Agent Advice

Posted 2.13.14

Is self-publishing my early work going to cost me later in my literary career? Does an agent perceive self-published work as a demerit?

Ian
from
San Francisco,
CA
Amy Rennert Agency
1550 Tiburon Blvd. #302
Tiburon, CA 94920

I believe self-publishing is a better option than ever before—for unpublished writers as well as for previously published authors. So, no, I don’t think of it as a negative. But it won’t really help you find an agent unless your self-published book has garnered strong sales and/or good reviews. If you’ve self-published without much success, I probably wouldn’t mention it in your query letter when submitting a proposal for new work.

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