I apologize if this question has been asked before, but I was wondering about the types of work agents claim they represent. In doing my research and building my spreadsheet of potential literary sharks, I am noticing that most agents have a specific list of genres that they rep. This makes sense, it's what they enjoy and what they are better at selling. But what if a poor woodland creature writes a taught thriller, gets an agent who sells taught thrillers, but then really gets a wild hair to write a sci-fi adventure later on? What if that agent doesn't rep sci-fi? I'm under the impression that agents are looking beyond just a single book sale, that they are looking to help build an author's career, but what if that author also writes things outside of that agent's purview? Will I need another agent to rep my incredible backlog of dinoporn?
When you say claim to represent the implication is that maybe agents don't actually represent those kinds of work."Claim" has an element of doubt. He claimed to have written dino porn ...but in fact it was climate porn.
You're really asking about the types of work agents say or indicate or list that they represent.
*closes the spiffy new dictionary*
*receives accolades from the Smug Diction Brigade and wonder why everyone else is looking pickle pussed...Oh right, pedantic is not how you make friends.*
Your question is a good one. The answer is to ask a prospective agent before you sign with them.
I've had this happen.
Sometimes I've found my beloved client a new agent.
Sometimes I've learned the category.
This is a question I ALWAYS ask before signatures go on agreements: what else do you want to write? If the prospect only plans to write one book, no problem. If someone writing narrative non-fiction also wants to write middle grade non-fiction, no problem. If someone writing a thriller wants to write dino porn, well, then we discuss, cause I only represent financial porn.
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