Does my published novel still need an agent?

I just got some great news from Necro Publications. The final edits are almost completed for my novel “Godmode”, and in addition to that, the cover art is almost completed. Things are moving quite briskly with the development of the book, and I expect it to launch sometime in May.

That means I have to start building the machine with which to promote the book and get as much exposure for it as possible. I’ve been trying to clear other projects off of my plate specifically to make this happen. It’s part of the reason why I’m taking an extended break from my webcomic The Seizure in a few weeks. It’s also why I wrapped up and released my latest music project Chapter 2. I was going to start the process of making The Leopard Man a Kindle book and self-publishing it through Createspace, but that can wait. As far as my creative projects are concerned, Godmode is priority numero uno.

I’ve got some pretty extensive plans for it, too. I’ve started piecing together an official Godmode minisite, and I plan to have a TON of exclusive content available on it. character bios, bestiaries, maps, weapons lists, the whole nine yards. in addition to that, I’ve also got a film score for the book that i plan on making available. I’m debating whether to release it as is, or to go back and try to add a bit more orchestration and instruments to the songs, and maybe get a cleaner mixdown. Either way, I will offer it for free to everyone who buys a copy of the book. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

I’ve made no secret that my ultimate goal for Godmode is for the story to get optioned for Movies or Television. The biggest issue is how to get my story in the right hands to make that opportunity possible. I’m thinking of shopping an agent. It seems a bit counterintuitive to me, though. Normally you need the agent to get your book published in the first place. I’m wondering how many writers tried to land their agents AFTER the book found a publisher; specifically with the intent of landing the book a deal in other venues?

And while we’re at it, is this process any different from seeking an agent for the book when it was unpublished? Also, how do i find a literary agent with Hollywood ties? It doesn’t seem as if that’s something a lot of agents advertise about themselves. And once I pick an agent or three, how do I query them? Do I just say “Hi, I’ve got a book coming out and I need your help in getting a movie deal”? and is this a job for a literary agent, or do I need to be looking for something else altogether? I just don’t know.

All i know is that i wrote this book with a movie in mind, and it would be a shame if I couldn’t at least take a stab at getting this thing optioned. if you have any ideas or suggestions, I’d love to hear ’em.

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