… ‘that damned, elusive Pimpernel… for ‘Pimpernel’, read ‘Literary Agent’…

…this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler has been at this glorious writing game now for ten years… not so much, ‘man and boy’, more ‘man and older man’… during that time, the joys, the excitement, the much-more-ups-than-downs, have attended my creation of the wee literary masterpieces which have become the Jack Calder crime thriller series… the decade has offered me abundant blessings as an author, not the least being the successful downloads of my books over that period…

…on Auntie Amazon Kindle, the aggregate sales/downloads broke through the 100,000+ level quite a while ago… I had been engaged with a modest-sized publisher for a year along the way, but split amicably from them, as the sales volumes weren’t matching those produced through my own promotional efforts… likewise, for a short period, I linked with a newly-established publishing agent, but that relationship also didn’t generate the sort of publishing-house interest I’m currently seeking to reach the next level in my ‘business of writing’… putting aside the inherent belief that all we authors have, that my writing is good enough to attract a top-name publisher, my honest belief in the quality of my work is echoed by many independent sources (no, Mabel, not my granny!)… p’raps I’m not knocking the right doors?… not sleeping with the right people?… not appearing in the appropriate television book club shows?… whatever the cause, having 100,000+ sales under my quill, but not a whisper from a top-line Literary Agent who can introduce the magical next distribution level, seems to defy commercial logic to me… I’ve also built up over the years 36,000+ direct social network connections, the majority of which are from the universe of books – readers, writers, bloggers, editors, and others…  surely publishers want established authors with a proven following?… for any of my author friends who’ve been there, done that, and got the T-shirt, this ol’ Keyboard Kingpin will be grateful for any sensible (but keep it legal!) advice on how to rectify this status of… ‘that damned elusive Pimpernel… for ‘Pimpernel’, read ‘Literary Agent’… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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12 responses to “… ‘that damned, elusive Pimpernel… for ‘Pimpernel’, read ‘Literary Agent’…

  1. Love it, Seumas. There’s an even longer line at the other wrong doors with nowhere near the size of your following! Let us know if you find that agent.

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  2. Yes… it is a real puzzle, Seumas! You’d think SOMEONE would see the light…

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  3. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    It’s that man Seumas again…

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  4. I sympathize with your frustration, Seumas. Your novels are as good and even superior to so much published stuff out there. I loved reading them and will in time read them all again. That’s more than I can say for others (Lee Child, James Paterson et al take note) And given the backing of a top publishing house, your books would become overnight blockbusters. But, sadly, the quality of your writing, the big downloads and fine reviews are not the only criteria the agents and the big publishers consider. Among others, there’s your age. Publishers seek younger writers because of the longevity element. I’m older than you and I feel have zero chance of getting an agent or a publishing contract. But, inspired by your efforts, I’m going to try, though I feel that we indie writers will always be on the margins of fame and fortune. I sincerely hope I’m wrong. I’d love to see your books on a shelf in Waterstones, and you at a table signing copies. So, don’t quit. Don’t throw in the towel. Keep at it and could be you’ll breakthrough. As a friend and a fan, I wish you well in this endeavor.

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  5. I’ve read about this problem before, Seumas. There does seem to be age discrimination but also publishers are concerned so it’s easier to stick to the writers already published by them over time. Authors like Patterson and King are considered proven money makers. Also, I’ve read it’s tougher for many published authors to make as much money as in the past so they have to take supplemental jobs. All the best with your efforts. I know you’re not one to give up the fight. 🙂 — Suzanne

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