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le sigh

Heard about a great tie-in opportunity the other day, which would have been right up my alley. The editor was definitely looking for someone with a military background to work on some novels they're putting together about a show.

So, I cleaned up my writing resume, put together a small "what would I do if I was working on property X?" and dropped it into the e-mail system. Got an answer back rather shortly.

"We're only looking to work with agented writers at this time."


Now, I'm not upset at the editor. They're completely within their rights to set whatever criteria they want. After all, Pocket Books normally only works with agented authors for their Star Trek stuff (I slid in the side door with my S.C.E. work since the editor specifically asked me to pitch for it).

Still, it smarts running into the writer's equivilant of the glass ceiling.


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Aug. 22nd, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
You should be able to find an agent if you're previously published. They like those :P
Aug. 22nd, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ooo, what show? It's not BSG is it?

And could you potentially contact an agent and tell them that you'd like to attack this line of projects? If you show them a solid proposal and ask them to submit it on your behalf, I wonder how that would go over?
Aug. 23rd, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
No, I can say it's not BSG.

I don't want to say too much until they announce who's gotten the jobs. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a couple of friends.

I'm not certain how to approach an agent on this one. We weren't submitting proposals, per se. We had to submit our writing resumes and tell the editor what we'd like to do if we did get the assignment - not specific story ideas, but general themes and ideas. The editor probably didn't want to go into great detail until they had an idea who they were going to be working with and had distributed the story bibles and episode outlines.

Course, it would also help if I knew some agents to approach. *grin* I don't know many who rep media tie-in work.
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
No worries! You don't have to say anything. As for agents... I don't know! That's a good question. I think Bookends LLC did tie ins for a while. Not sure who else. You might check with agents that are building their lists. I know Donald Maass represented Elaine Cunningham until recently, and she wrote for TSR.
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