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  • I'm curious, why did you get an agent? Is there an upside that I missed out on?

    As far as whether 4 pages per day is doable... Well, I definitely couldn't do it but writing speed is a personal attribute. Have you ever written a chapter-length article? Figuring out how long it took you might give you a good estimate for how long it will take you to write a chapter in your book.

    Also, does that time estimate include editing time? I found that I spent almost as much time editing my work as I did writing

    • Of course there's an upside to getting an agent. There's a percentage of money that I no longer have to worry about spending :)

      Seriously though, I was contacted by another individual and the agent/author relationship was already set up and I was merely being contacted by a potential coauthor. Personally, I'm fine with that. I used to sell cars (don't hate me for it!) and while I'm good at negotiations and paperwork, I prefer to minimize that. If someone else wants a percentage to handle those details, I can live with that. As I have no expectations of getting rich off of this, I suspect that increased earnings due to a new item on my resume will offset any potential losses to an agent.

      My coauthor is writing a sample chapter to estimate his writing speed and I'm waiting for some additional material before I can start the same exercise. I can't see myself cranking out four quality, well-researched pages a day for three months. And as far as I am aware -- still waiting for some details -- the estimate is for the first draft.

      On the other hand, I'm single (again) and have no children, so if I'm willing to ditch all of my social obligations, I have plenty of spare time -- assuming I don't keep working weekends.