Behind-the-scenes: After the Agent

I asked my agent, Kate Folkers, former employee for a New York publishing house, what happens when an agent queries a publishing company. This is what she had to say:

“When I query an editor, they respond back as to whether they want to read it or not. The reading process can take a while. If an editor likes it and wants to pursue it, they then need to garner enthusiasm from others at the publisher. Some publishers have a pub board or editorial meeting, where sales, marketing, publicity and other departments sit in and weigh in on the viability of the project. They look closely at an author’s credentials, platform, and they often run a Profit/Loss statement to determine how many they would need to sell to recoup their investment, and whether the project has legs beyond that. They talk about the potential for reviews. They also look closely at the other titles in that season, to make sure there are no titles directly competing with other books on the list.

The problem these days is that editors, [dealing with the] digital world,
[…] want “sure” hits, which makes debut fiction much more difficult.”

So this is where my novel, Illusion, is right now–off to editors, hoping that it can fulfill all the requirements necessary to be the next published book. Your support and subscription to my blog/website help to show editors I have a fanbase. Thanks to everyone who has subscribed!

Happy holidays!


  1. Joan Hoffmann

    Hi Christa,

    I just read the news about your editor and am very happy and excited for you. You are most worthy of any assistance she can provide and I am eagerly looking forward to hearing more good news.

    Happy Holidays and All Best Wishes

    joan h.

  2. Kathy K.

    I believe in you and wish you the best, Christa. Talent such as yours needs to be shared widely and enjoyed by readers. I hope the editors find a way to get your first book published.

    With high hopes for you, Kathy (Claire’s mom)

  3. mom

    it sounds like quite the process. keeps you wondering and waiting, occupied w/ things like ‘is my work good enough?’ i think it’s a big risk you’ve taken, putting yourself out there like that kudos to you!

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