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    David Thomas
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    @davidinkenai

    Locale: North Woods. Far North.

    A friend from the UC Berkeley Hiking Club (Cal Hiking And Outdoor Society = CHAOS) has written, had edited, and reviewed a novel about the John Muir Trail and is now looking for a literary agent who is also a hiker, or at least is familiar with the outdoors community.

    He hasn’t found one that seemed to understand the hiking/backpacking community and could offer solid ideas for how to pitch/market it.

    Any of you published authors work with such an agent who represented your work well?

    #3696187
    David Thomas
    BPL Member

    @davidinkenai

    Locale: North Woods. Far North.

    One issue is that he’s packaged historic content within a fiction shell. It doesn’t fit neatly into some agent’s categories who only deal in non-fiction.

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    Paul Wagner
    BPL Member

    @balzaccom

    Locale: Wine Country

    I’m struggling with the same issue, Dave.  I’ve published three non-fiction books that have done reasonably well in an unrelated field.  But so far, no luck with the fiction…people like the books, but getting fiction published is hard.

    Let me know if you get any hot leads!

    #3696399
    Tom K
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    @tom-kirchneraol-com-2

    The more formidable challenge, particularly in today’s publishing environment, will be to find an agent who can convince the editors and execs at publishing houses that the book will make them money.  Publishing is an industry that exists to make money, just like any other industry; the book is merely the product.  Authors are in a very difficult position in today’s market, and any work, no matter how meritorious it may be, must convince the publisher that it will be able to sell enough copies to recoup the costs of publishing it, with enough left over to pad the bottom line.  Many formerly successful authors are finding it difficult these days to find a publisher, particularly one of the big boys like Random House, Penguin Putnam, Macmillan Publishers, etc.  And then there is Amazon, which has thoroughly disrupted the traditional publishing model;  more than I want to get into here.  Given his subject matter, your friend will likely have better luck with smaller, niche publishers, and may even need to consider self publishing if all else fails.

    I wish him luck.

    #3696410
    Paul Wagner
    BPL Member

    @balzaccom

    Locale: Wine Country

    I agree, Tom.  The three books I have published have all sold enough to break even, but nobody’s getting rich off them…

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    rubmybelly!
    BPL Member

    @sleeping

    Locale: The Cascades

    Perhaps try sending a note to Cindy Ross and ask her. Couldn’t hurt. She has a contact button on her website.

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