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How to Market and Generate Book Sales With a Literary Agent?

Updated on September 25, 2017
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As Sheila became a children's picture book author, she learned neat tricks along the way. She enjoys sharing her success with you!

Putting a book together is not a simple task! It is usually a long drawn out process. It's a wolf of innovation with heaps of perspiration.

If you’re publishing a children’s storybook, you'll need to have at least ten illustrations. This calls for a professional illustrator. Or if you're an artist great! You can compose and draw the pictures yourself. This will add to the time your book becomes active on the bookstore shelves since you'll have extra work to do.

You can simplify your book publishing tasks by self-publishing your script. Essentially, if you have a brilliant idea or storyline with great grammar skills just about any self-publishing company will do. They will take you on a lovely publishing journey, as long as you have the bucks to pay for your the publishing of your new book. This certainly will give you a sense of great accomplishment!. However, selling your book on a grand scale will be another hurdle to overcome.

You may notice your self-published book sells bit by bit, not the way you expected and hoped. You may also believe you invested too much money in self-publishing your book. The self-publishing company will require you to spend thousands of dollars to market your book, and this may stress your limited resources and patience for sure.

'Mr. Ses Attends Stockville Elementary Academy' by Sheila Craan
'Mr. Ses Attends Stockville Elementary Academy' by Sheila Craan

Obtaining the Promise of a Literary Agent

Another viable route you can take is a longer route, where you approach a literary agent and try to convince the manager to take you on. Literary agents are truly distinctive and have single, personal quirks; they expect you to follow depending on the subject manner of your book.

Many literary agents expect you to submit the materials for your book in a particular format. They also expect you to sell yourself and convince them of reasons why you need their services. You'll need to send a query letter or make phone calls to literary agents and traditional publishing companies.

This process can take many months, and even two years or more to receive a response from a query letter or phone call. You'll get a plethora of rejections before you receive the one yes from a literary agent. This is certainly all that is needed to get your writing career off to a terrific start.

Literary Agents Receive a Percentage of Sales

A literary agency will take the pressure off of you in paying for the publishing and marketing of your book. They will have the capability to illustrate your book and create a book website for you along with booking book signing engagements in bookstores, schools and coffee shops.

A literary agent has many connections in landing your book into the hands of the larger publishing houses. Once an agent takes you on, you'll be able to get on with what you love to do best, that is, to write and write more. You'll love to write up a storm without the intricate cares of needing to know how to sell your book to your customers.

A literary agency will draw up a book proposal to publish and sell your book for a percentage or cut, of the number of books sold on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Once you obtain the promise of a literary agent, you can bet your future books will be sold on a larger scale. Your literary agent will absolutely assure your name becomes popular, and literally produces a myriad of fans wanting to buy and read your book. Since, they're the ones footing the bill to sell your book, instead of you, you'll receive positive results for a small cut in pay.

Please allow me to say congratulations for putting a fabulous book together! I know it was hard work!

Generate Extra Book Sales in Helping Your Literary Agent by Promoting Your Authorship on Social Media Sites.

Create an account with

  • Twitter,
  • Facebook,
  • She Told Me,
  • Best Reviewer,
  • Friend Feed,
  • And Amazon

These social media sites go a long way in helping to promote your authorship. It helps to get the word out about your book. It's easy to get started! Mimicking what I have done should help you a great deal! You should create such accounts and have a professional book website to promote your book as well. Make sure you create book cards that contains your name and book title to give to prospective customers.

After Your Book is Published, Tell Everyone You Know About Your Book!

There Are Literary Agents Who Reach Out to Writers First

Search for Publishers Who Desire to Read Your Sample Chapters

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© 2011 Sheila Craan


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    Sheila Craan 6 years ago from Florida

    Congratulations Bobbi! Your book is a grand accomplishment. I wish you much success! There are many authors who vow self publishing is a great route to follow and others who prefer the traditional way of publishing. I am going the try both ways to experience the difference.

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    BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

    Great hub. I have self-published and my book isn't doing too badly. I enjoy the challenge of marketing it and my sales have picked up. I'm presently finishing up my love novel and hope to have it on Amazon by early April. I enjoyed reading this.