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How to Find an Agent for Your Urban Fantasy Novel

avatarsquare.jpgDebut novelist Allison Pang (pictured, via her Twitter avatar) recently sold her urban fantasy novel, Shadow of the Incubus–along with two sequels to the book. Pocket Books executive editor Lauren McKenna acquired the book in a four-way auction. The deal was negotiated by Colleen Lindsay from FinePrint Literary Management.

GalleyCat caught up with Pang, getting some exclusive advice about pitching an urban fantasy novel (or any novel, for that matter). “The only real advice I can give is to write the absolute best book you can and don’t send it out before it’s ready,” explained Pang. “Souring an agent on a story can be hard to come back from. Make sure the agent you’re submitting to is actively looking for what you’ve written–Twitter, Google, Facebook and agent blogs are important tools that should absolutely be utilized.”

She continued: “Read other urban fantasy books to make sure your vision is as fresh as it can be. In a heavily saturated market of vampires, werewolves and sword-wielding heroines, it can be difficult to appear unique and you want to make sure your book has every possible chance to stand out.”

After the jump, Pang offered some advice about writing pitch letters to agents.

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“Kindle-rella” Story: Kindle “Bestseller” Author Lands Book Deal

gayletrent23.pngPublishing’s “Kindle-rella” story had a happy ending, as one indie author went from indie “bestseller” in the Kindle store to scoring a book deal with Simon & Schuster’s new Gallery Books imprint.

In January, we reported how indie publisher Bell Bridge Books offered a free copy of “Murder Takes The Cake” as a temporary promotion in the Kindle Store. The free book by Gayle Trent (pictured) jumped to third place on the Kindle “bestseller” list and she attracted the attention of Robert Gottlieb from Trident Media Group. Currently selling for $8.00, her book is now ranked #590 in the Kindle Store.

Trent’s editor from Bell Bridge Books, Deborah Smith, emailed us with a quick follow-up report, calling Trent a “Kindle-rella” story: “Gottlieb has sold the next book in Trent’s mystery series, Killer Sweet Tooth to Lauren McKenna … The publisher is also picking up subrights from us on one of Gayle’s previous titles in the series.” Smith also noted that the company will try again with the temporary free Kindle edition promotion in March. (Deal info via Publishers Marketplace)