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The Agent Has Landed

That’s one small step for a writer; one giant leap for fiction.

Apologies to Neal Armstrong, and excuse the pun, but I’m a little excited, as I’ve just been signed by Andrea Hurst Literary Management. They’ll be representing my novel, tentatively titled Songs of War.

The “giant leap for fiction” part was just for laughs, but the “one small step for a writer” phrase is spot on—no reason to pop champagne corks yet. Acquiring an agent is really just a small step in the overall process of publishing a novel. From here on its gets tougher.

Already the agent I will be working with has warned me that book sales are down, and advances are lower. An article in today’s Wall Street Journal talked about major publishers’ worries that e-book price wars will bring down the price of printed books.

Still, the article mentioned that a large publisher like Simon and Schuster publishes approximately 2,000 books a year. I’m only asking for one. For now.

And more good news this week. I’ve been asked by the staff of the Los Angeles Review to become their Book Review Editor. LAR is an excellent, and growing literary journal under the auspices of Red Hen Press, one of the nation’s fastest growing publishers.

It’s only Wednesday. Someone said good things happen in threes. We shall see.


About Joe Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "Curtain Calls," a featured Kirkus Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.


5 thoughts on “The Agent Has Landed

  1. This is one of the wonderful things about being in a community of writers: When we see the success of one of our friends, it gives the rest of us hope.
    When I see you tomorrow, Joe, I’ll buy you a gluten free, free trade, locally sourced, apricot roll! Or a jelly doughnut.

    Posted by jonzech | December 10, 2009, 12:30 AM
  2. Congratulations! Very exciting. Good luck.

    Posted by John Gilmore | December 10, 2009, 3:32 AM
  3. Congratulations on getting an agent! Good luck.

    Posted by Wayne E. | December 10, 2009, 5:20 AM
  4. Oh my goodness! I am so excited for you! We’re going to pop champagne corks whether you like it or not!!!!!!!!!

    (sorry for the excessive use of exclamation marks!)

    Posted by cpurcel1 | December 10, 2009, 8:31 PM
  5. How very excellent for you. Congratulations and Bon Chance.

    Posted by moondaria | December 15, 2009, 8:23 PM

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