Ok, so this might be an odd question, but I’m genuinely curious. By trade, I have been a video game developer and teacher of video game design for thirty years. Last year, I finished my first novel (a YA Urban Fantasy). I tried querying 4 or 5 dozen literary agents, but 70% never responded at all. The 30% that did respond, sent a form letter rejection.This is probably to be expected. I have no track record as an author, no educational background in writing, and don’t have a massive twitter following. I get it. By virtue of those unknowns alone, the chances of getting the time of day from an agent are close to zero. (1)That being the case, I self-published my novel. For a brief moment, my book climbed to #4 in its category on Amazon. But of course, I know absolutely zero about marketing or PR, so after the launch spike died out, sales did too. I sold 400 in the first two weeks, and another 100 or so in the ensuing 4 months). Interestingly, I have 22 reviews on Amazon (I had closer to 35, but Amazon has some oddly draconian rules about removing reviews for a variety of reasons). Either way, the reviews I have left on Amazon, most of which are from total strangers, are all 4 and 5 star reviews. This leads me to believe that the book couldn’t have been horrible, and that the lack of sales might plausibly be attributed to my non-existent marketing skills. (2)So this leads me to today. The next book I write, I’ll have to find a way to connect with an agent. I get it that I still represent the exact same risks I did before. However, it also seems to me that given the Return on Investment calculus of the average agent, I might have considerably more flexibility than the average author. I have a good job that pays the bills. I am pragmatic enough to recognize the tradeoffs of business. In my position, since I don’t actually need the money from book sales, I’d happily exchange revenues for name recognition.The typical agent fees (as far as I’m led to believe) hover around 15%. Given the risks I represent, that undoubtedly looks like a poor bet. But I’d cheerfully give the agent 50%, 60%, maybe more. The money isn’t the issue. At this stage, it’s about getting some level of recognition.How would an agent react to that sort of offer? I’m just curious.
You've made some key errors here.
(1) your chances of getting an agent have nothing to do with track record, education or social media. It's about the writing first, and whether I can sell the book second.
Urban fantasy is not a growing category.
In fact it's shrinking.
Unless you are spectacularly fresh and new, have turned the category on its ear and your writing is breathtaking, this book is a hard hard sell.
(2) Don't ever assume the book isn't horrible by the number of starred reviews on Amazon. A lot of people have really terrible taste.
Check out some of the one-star reviews on books YOU like to see what I mean.
And books that are "terrible" often do well: The DaVinci Code; Fifty Shades of Gray; Left Behind series.
As to your actual question: people who offer me more money to take on their books are insulting me.
It's as though I am a maitre d' and you'll get seated faster when you wave a $20.
I don't want to work with people who think they can buy their way on to my list.
Nothing earns a rejection faster.
Not even fiction novel.