Today I’m excited to announce an Interview with Jessica Therrien – Author of Oppression (Book 1 of Children of the Gods). In response to my question – she talks about her decision to Agent or not to Agent after she already attained a publishing deal. Oppression launched on Tuesday this week and is in the top rankings of B&N’s teen books!
Without further ado – I give you Jessica:
Hi. I’m Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression (Children of the Gods #1). First and foremost, thanks K.T. Hanna for having me on your blog! It’s a pretty good-looking blog, so I’m glad to be here.
I was asked to write about my experience getting an agent, which didn’t turn out the way you might expect. That is, I currently don’t have an agent, but an awesome publisher instead.
I started trying to find an agent the way every aspiring author does. I queried. Each response that came in the mail got my heart pumping, but every one of them turned into heartbreak. I cried. I moped. I gave up.
If you’d have told me at the beginning that when I finally did get that long awaited offer from an agent, I’d end up turning it down, I wouldn’t have believed you. I was desperate for one. I NEEDED one…to me, an agent was always the first step in getting published.
Well, turns out I was wrong. I found my publisher at a local conference (SCWC) and they offered me a contract. I freaked. I screamed. I jumped up and down, accidently smashing a snail with my flailing (poor snail). Things were happening. My book was actually going to be a book, with real paper pages! BUT what about the agent?
I’m a systematic person. Agent comes before publisher, we all know that…
I officially had a contract offer from a real publisher. Surely an agent would sign me now! As expected, they were suddenly interested, and I got an offer from an agent right away. Perfect, right? Only…didn’t I get the publishing contract on my own?
I went back and forth, to sign or not to sign. If I signed with the agent, 15% of my earnings would go to them, when they hadn’t really done anything.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying an agent wouldn’t be nice. I’m sure they do a lot, but their main purpose is to find a publisher, and I had one. I asked the agent if she planned to market my book to other publishers, and she said it wasn’t a good idea the way things were with the industry. As a debut author, there wouldn’t be much to negotiate, and I might lose the contract with ZOVA.
That decided it for me, and in the end, I signed with ZOVA on my own. I’m glad I did. It turned out to be the right decision. Working with ZOVA has been amazing. I truly believe no other publisher would have been better for me. I was able to work with them one on one and develop a great relationship with the people handling my book. Oppression wouldn’t be what it is today without them. They’re my publishing super heroes.
Thanks for stopping by for the blog tour! I hope you enjoy reading Oppression (Children of the Gods #1).
Thanks for popping over, Jessica. Don’t forget you can win a signed copy of Oppression HERE. Make sure you stop by and say hi.
And if you don’t already have a copy, make sure you pick one up!