Referrals are the lifeblood of any small business. It’s what gets customers in the door of a new restaurant, how you find a hairdresser. It’s how readers will one day find your book and it’s how agents find new clients.
If you like an agent. If you’re happy with your agent. Please refer your agent to other authors. It won’t take away from your chances. In fact, I’m a believer that putting good energy out there brings good energy back to you. It’s the positive side of karma.
Throughout the course of my career, I’ve gotten some absolutely terrific referrals from clients. I can’t thank them enough. I’ve also noticed that many are almost afraid to give a referral. What if they pass along my name and the book is terrible? I don’t care. Someone else’s book is not a judgment on you.
When it comes to giving referrals please don’t feel it’s your responsibility to vet a book first. It’s not. I once told my family, I can easily reject a query or a project. I’d rather have the chance to see it, then you feel the need to protect me. What if you protect me right out of a future bestseller?
You will never hear me complain about a referral. If you feel strongly enough about the work I’m doing to recommend me to others I’m honored. So thank you.