It's called staying up when I should be sleeping.
Well like I said, you can't really get stuff going without a sale of some sort, usually the book rights. But that sale is the start, not the end. And as much as they would like to, agents can't guarantee you that they will get you a sale. Their job is to try as hard as possible to get you as many shots as possible at a sale, and then to get the best terms possible if they attract offers, but they can't make publishers do a licensing offer. And if they don't sell the project, while you may have to reimburse them for some costs (a lot of these reduced thanks to the Internet,) all the labor they do trying to get the sale, they aren't charging you for, unlike a lawyer. This is why some agents don't represent first timers and have a closed list -- it's a lot of work, long odds, and they may not end up with a deal, a career for their author, and any money out of it. But a first timer can often generate more excitement than a mid-lister and publishers are willing to risk losses on new books in hopes of having them pop, so a lot of agents do take submissions and go through them and look for what they really like and feel they'll have the best shot with. So an author who has got an offer, that's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just not the optimum thing for them to do their job of negotiating the best deal.Originally Posted by CC
For print self-publishing, 5,000-10,000 copies or higher would be good. In electronic self-publishing, the line is higher, and I'm not sure what level is grabbing their attention, but if you're pulling 20,000-30,000 downloads at least, that at least makes you attractive. If you're doing a lot over that, like Amanda Hocking who's a bestseller, you can probably get a reprint deal with any house you want.One question: What would be considered huge sales?
If you're selling that well, you may not want a deal with a publisher, or you may. Amanda Hocking wanted to be able to distribute print copies on a wide scale, especially as she's writing for teens, wanted to extend her international market, and she wanted a publisher to take over some of the stuff she'd had to do to be able to spend more time writing, less on business, so she contracted a new series. But remember, Hocking did her first e-books thinking she might sell a few hundred copies and get enough cash for a vacation trip, not that she'd be all the rage on the Net. J.K. Rowling's children's publisher believed in Harry Potter, but paid Rowling a low four figure advance because that's what they estimated she'd earn in royalties for the book. So again, nobody knows what will happen in the market. Trying to gauge your sales by others' sales is not going to help much and authors don't directly compete with each other.