Co-Agent: a literary agent who assists in handling a subright on your behalf.
Just like there are many, many literary agents here in the US, there are many, many co-agents overseas. I was really lucky that when I started with my current agency, I got to research and build partnerships with co-agents based on my past experiences and based on research I'd done. All of our co-agents are absolutely fantastic, and I love working with them on an almost daily basis.
I keep co-agents up to date on our projects, and pitching new projects is one of my favorite parts -- especially when they write back to say, "This is incredible! I read it, and I love it!"
A couple of examples of how co-agents and I work together just from this past week:
- Tuesday I received an e-mail from our Polish co-agent. Part II in a series of e-mails regarding the status of publishing and some mergers in Poland. Super helpful. Very detailed. And I can use that info to see if any of our clients are affected and whether or not they will be affected if we get offers in the future.
- Wednesday I got notice of a possible pre-empt offer. So I called up JP (awesome Brazilian co-agent) and he was like, "Yea...I'm on the phone with them now. BRB." So I waited and then we spent the day going back and forth with an offer/counter offer/improved offer/counter offer until we were both happy. (the author was super happy when I emailed the offer for their approval!)
- Wednesday I also got a phone call from Donatella (awesome French co-agent) who wanted to chat not only about an incoming offer this week but also about how some terms needed to be updated for an offer we finalized a while back. She sent over the contract, and I'll be looking it over shortly.
- Today I went back and forth with a couple of co-agents about some tax updates (more on taxes and foreign later!)
In the meantime, there were many emails with updates on marketing plans, covers, pub dates, a couple of offers to be negotiated, and more happy info. I also received and distributed about four different contracts from Turkey, Hungary, France and Italy.
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But with worldwide time zones.
Also, many of our European co-agents actually try to keep East coast time. Which then makes it even easier to keep in touch. The other day I had a phone call with a French publisher and a client, and it was about 9:30 p.m. his time -- but it was the best time for him so it worked out.
Co-agents are fantastic, like I said. And they're a joy to work with. Looking forward to what tomorrow brings!
Did you know who co-agents were before this post? Curious! :)