When editors and agents sign on clients, they are doing so trusting a gut instinct. We THINK this might have potential. We THINK this new idea will fly. We THINK this author will have the stamina to pursue a career of the long haul. But these are all just guesses. We are taking a risk on you. And yes, that risk is going to cost the editors and agents.
- For agents, it is the time and energy, working for free, to get that that story ready and then to get it out to the editors.
- For publishers, it is the advance they sent to you, gambling that the book will sell, and the the time and energy that they put into the project.