Thursday, May 15, 2014

#IndieLife: What is a #literary #manager?

The Author's Life
It's been a very busy week for me and I am a day behind in my Indie Life post for this week.

This week I want to explain why every writer needs a literary manager. I have worked in the Indie field for close to seven years. I have always had one goal in mind.....use the Indie field to launch and build my writing career. Last weekend, I was picked up by a literary manager. Having a manager doesn't mean that I have left the Indie World. It just means I have more freedom to work on my writing. 

The market is full of great books and it can be a daunting task to market a break away sensation. Most authors who handle their own marketing have a hard time finding the enough time to write their next novel because the majority of their time is spent on marketing. If you are serious about your writing career then you want to build a team of trusted professionals that you can work with. The first person you want on your team is a literary manager. 

A literary manager is a professional who handles the business side of your writing career. The
symbiotic relationship between the literary manager and the author is as sacred as an author and their editor. The literary manager needs their author to produce works because they are only paid when the author's works sell. The author needs the literary manager to handle the day in and day out demands of a writer's career so he or she has more time to write. One of the great things about having a literary manager is that they bring to the table a wide range of resources that will open doors for your book. For example, two of the resources my manager brought with him a book tour specialist to schedule my book tours and a virtual personal assistant to handle all my emails.

The literary manager isn't just for a novelist, either. Screenwriters, scriptwriters, game writers, and graphic novelists use literary managers as well. This is great for writers, like me, who write in different literary forms. I'm a screenwriter, novelist, scriptwriter, game writer, and graphics novelist. Like most writers, I have so many ideas that I can easily become sidetracked trying to create all of them at the same time. This is the point where your literary manager steps in and saves the writer's day. They will listen to your ideas and guide you as to which one needs to be developed first. 

You should be careful in choosing who you want as your literary manager and never pay for a manager. They make money when you do. If they are asking for money up front then it's a scam. 

You want a manager whom you can have a great working relationship with. Remember, your literary manager is your new best friend and will be with you for the long haul. Finding the right literary manager may take awhile but it's worth it.