(email sent from client John Elkins to prospective new client and cc to Mary):
I wanted to take a moment and speak on behalf of Mary.
She is a GREAT agent, and I would like to tell you why.
First, she will be honest with you, and is always upfront. I have run certain ideas by her that she loved, and some that she didn’t. Regardless, she is always contemplative of her answer, and is excellent about providing me an explanation to help me make a sound decision.
Second, she is a great resource to help improve your manuscript for marketing it to the right publisher. Her suggestions have always been on point—and I credit her to why I just sold my second manuscript.
Third, Mary has a tremendous amount of contacts within the industry--and that, at the end of the day, is what having an agent is all about. When we have a manuscript in the que—it is amazing who and how many people she throws out as possible buyers.
Fourth, she doesn’t give up on what she believes. As I was wrapping up my first book, I shopped her a second manuscript, which she loved. We tried to find a placement, and at the time, were not successful. Fast forward to 4 years later, Mary contacted me and asked if I was still interested in selling that previously rejected manuscript. Long story short, through a lot of effort on her part—she got it sold this year.
Fifth, she and Betsy make a great team. What Betsy brings is an expertise on the contract and negotiation side, and I believe them to be highly regarded in the industry.
Feel free to shoot me any questions--I am more than happy to answer them. But I do believe Mary and Betsy are a great choice.
Best of luck to you!
John T Elkins