Thank you so much for your fabulous blog, which has been so informative! I'm also grateful to Reader Kristin for telling you that there's still a need, which there certainly is.
So on to my question. After a short story of mine was published, a book packager reached out to me to ask me to audition for a project by writing a short sample. If chosen, I'd be paid a flat fee up front to write about 75-100 pages, and then a percentage of the advance & royalties if the proposal was sold to a publisher. From my research, that all seems reasonable. This particular packager would like me to write under my name, which means I would have to call this my one and only debut if the project sold.
They did encourage me to personalize the characters, which is important as the whole reason I got into writing was to create representation for PoC like me. I'm still quite hesitant because it isn't *my* story and this would be my debut. On the other hand, I've been writing for quite a long while and this could be an opportunity to finally get my foot in the door of this competitive industry.
I know you can't decide those things for me, but here are some things I don't know.
1. Are agents interested in signing clients who have partnered with a book packager?
2. What happens after the debut? Would this limit my chance to write future books of my own choosing?
3. What would you tell a client in this situation?
2a I don't know. Much depends on the work, the success of the work etc.
2b It will NOT limit your ability to write future books IF the contract you sign with the book packager does not grant them an option on your next works.
There are some things to watch out for in the contract. You'll need advice on this before signing. Consult a book contract specialist. If you need names, let me know.
3. GRAB THIS WITH BOTH HANDS
This is opportunity knocking.
Answer the door.