Agent-Assisted Self-Publishing and the Amazon White Glove Program

Amazon White Glove program

Today’s guest post is from bestselling author Melissa Foster (@Melissa_Foster).


With independent author success on the rise, the role of agents has taken a precarious turn for the unknown. Many agents are seeing fewer sales and lower advances (which equates to lower income), and are looking for ways to keep their heads above water. One path that some have taken is agent-assisted self-publishing.

What is agent-assisted self-publishing?

Agent-assisted means different things to different agents. Some agents help an author self-publish, literally. This means they format the files for publication and upload them, and take 15% of the sales revenue. Those scenarios may still call for the author to pay for editing, cover design, marketing, etc. Some authors think that the agent bond they create, by paying that 15%, will make their path to traditional publication easier, while other authors simply don’t understand how easy it is to self-publish. Fear can guide writers to hand over their income because it’s easier than learning to format an e-book, or understanding what is needed to self-publish.

Two biggest drawbacks to agent-assisted self-publishing

This depends on the contract, but in general:

  • Authors lose their ability to directly manage their books (e.g., pricing, files, distribution)
  • Authors lose 15% of their sales revenue indefinitely

There are no “rules” for agent-assisted self-publishing, and before authors give away their hard-earned money, they should think about these points and try to negotiate what is in their best interest.

For authors ultimately seeking traditional publication, remember that what sells books to publishers is the writing, and that writing doesn’t change if your agent is earning zero dollars or thousands of dollars from your work. Publishers don’t appear to be interested in self-published works unless they’ve sold over 50,000 copies—in some cases, even higher—or hit the e-book bestseller lists. Having your book repped by an agent means nothing unless the writing is good enough for a publisher to purchase it in the first place—and if that were the case, you probably wouldn’t be considering the agent-assisted option. That’s the harsh reality.

Those who are moving in this direction should ask more experienced friends for help, take a course on e-publishing, or seek one-time, fee-based services to help them through the self-publishing process. My own company, Fostering Success, offers a self-publishing 101 course for under fifty bucks, and you can find other reputable courses or guidebooks from places like Writer’s Digest or successful independent authors such as CJ Lyons and Joanna Penn. You’ll spend a lot less than 15% over the lifetime sales of your book.

What about foreign rights, film rights, and the like?

Agents can sell such rights without earning income through self-assisted self-publishing. Put another way: Agents do not need to earn 15% of your total income to sell subsidiary rights. Know this before you leap into giving away your royalties.

Amazon KDP’s White Glove Program

Another agent-assisted self-publishing option now being pushed by Amazon KDP is the White Glove Program. Amazon KDP’s need for exclusivity is the driving force behind the White Glove Program (WGP), but they’re being smart about it. The program is only available to agented authors—their gatekeepers for quality assurance—and offers a modicum of promotion to represented authors. A WGP book is promoted on three Amazon pages in rotation with other WGP books for a period of thirty days. In return, Amazon KDP requires a 6-month or a 12-month period of exclusivity (merchandising changes with contract term). Some authors see a spike in sales during that 30-day period, while others see little, if any, difference. 

The complicated part of the WGP scenario is that to benefit from this 30 days of promotion I’ve just described, you must sign a portion of your royalties away indefinitely to your agent. Having twice taken part in the WGP, I have seen the benefits and negative outcomes of this program, and while it can be a beneficial program, 30 days of promotion are not worth the life-of-the-book revenue grab by agents.

Important note: When you are exclusive to one reporting venue, such as Amazon KDP, you cannot make any of the bestseller lists outside of Amazon’s Top 100. The New York Times and USA Today both require two or more reporting venues, so even if you sell 100,000 copies on Amazon, you will not make the lists that can lead to large advances with traditional publishers. Make your choice wisely.

Below is an agent contract proposal developed specifically with the WGP in mind. All authors should consider using this as a starting point for contract negotiations with their agent if they decide to pursue WGP.

Establishing Agent-Author Contract Terms: Amazon White Glove Program

  • Agent remains the Agent of Record for 3 years for work published through the WGP. For sales of foreign rights, audio rights, film rights, or a future publishing contract, the standard agent contract applies.
  • Agent earns 15% commission on all sales from the book for the life of the WGP contract plus one year. After that period terminates, all royalties and rights revert to the author. (Most sales happen in the first two years of publication.)

Remember, if you go with the WGP, it is a KDP contract that only affects your digital format. There is no need for your paperback to be under the agent’s control at all. Digital and print formats are handled separately.

Book Distribution and WGP

If the agent holds the ASIN (Amazon’s unique product identifier) and the rights revert to the author, it requires re-uploading of the e-book on a separate KDP account, which means losing hard-earned rankings. In addition, because a new book page will be created on Amazon, all back links pointing to the book page are also lost, as that page will be removed.

Since starting over is not easy or beneficial, the author should put in place a system that allows for the book to remain untouched after the life of the contract, thereby allowing the author to maintain the value of their marketing efforts.

To build on the terms stated above:

  • Agent remains in control; however, author has access to accounts. The agents create and hold a new and separate account for each author client. This account is set up using a new joint e-mail address. Both author and agent have access to the KDP account. Agent remains in control of finances to manage income (financial payment data is hidden by KDP automatically). Authors have access to pricing, files, and reporting, to better manage their promotions.
  • Account reverts to author upon completion of the WGP contract plus twelve months. After the term of the contract is up, the KDP account reverts to the author. The password is changed to one chosen by the author, and the author changes the financial info to their own. Voila—no future connections and no reason to re-upload the book or lose rankings. In my opinion, this is vital.

Bundling Your E-Books

Bundling of books is very popular, but creates difficulties when you have a range of titles available, some under an agent-assisted contract and some that are not. It is best if you can exclude bundled e-book sales from your agreement with the agent; however, if you are unable to negotiate such a deal, and if you choose to include an agent-assisted title in a bundle, then I suggest the following:

  • Agent shall receive 15% of whatever percentage is appropriate in that bundle. For example, if there are three books in the bundle, the agent would receive 15% of one-third of the sales. This is the most complicated piece of the puzzle, but should be addressed prior to signing on the dotted line, and I suggest thinking about an outside bookkeeper to handle it so there is no question about honesty.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that Amazon is the 800-pound gorilla that can make or break your book, but what I’ve discovered is that if you write a good book and market it well, your book will sell incredibly well with or without WGP. It’s the Amazon algorithms that make the difference, and you can reach them without WGP—although for some, WGP can provide a great start.

If you don’t understand publishing contracts, or if you have yet to be exposed to them, seek advice from those who are knowledgeable in the industry. Take control of your career so your income is not mismanaged, and most importantly, remember that success only comes overnight for very few people. In reality, it takes years to become a recognized name. Manage your expectations, and think long term.

A personal thought on managing expectations: There is no secret to selling good books. I see two big issues with the mindset of indie authors today: (1) their expectations seem to be out of whack because of the false hope given by KDP Select after-free promotions, and (2) they’re looking for the easy path to success. With the advent of Select freebies, authors have forgotten that learning to market and have a professional, active presence is vital. It will be interesting to see what happens when Select freebies go away.

The bottom line: Authors should not give away their royalties indefinitely in exchange for a short-lived sales push. Authors are so desperate to show sales that they’re giving away (literally) thousands of books every month instead of learning about marketing and working on exposure. Before signing on for agent-assisted self-publishing, weigh your options carefully, and don’t be afraid to negotiate.


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Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four international bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, the World Literary Café, and Fostering Success. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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Jane Steen
Jane Steen
3 years 6 months ago
Excellent post, Melissa (and thanks to Jane for giving it blog space!) I would love to hear more about how successful self-publishers are teaming with agents for specific parts of their business (foreign rights, print only, etc.) and how commissions are structured for these ventures. As you say, there are no rules; but there must be some arrangements that work well and others that don’t. I’d like more self-pubbers (and agents) to be willing to discuss the good and the bad of agented self-publishing. And I agree with you about the false expectations raised by the KDP Select post-promo bounce.… Read more »
Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago
Hi Jane, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Agents still play an important role for authors on many levels (for those authors who hope to reach all audiences). Foreign rights and audio rights can be sold using the same structure that they’d use if the agent/client relationship was in tact across the board. The agent takes a percentage of the advance (foreign rights commissions are usually 15-25%, I believe). The key for authors is understanding that we do have a bit of negotiation power. We no longer have to accept a all or nothing, and agents… Read more »
MJRose
3 years 6 months ago

Great post. I would also add that some agents are worth it and some aren’t and that’s another 800 pound gorilla.

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

Yes, I’d agree with that. Agents can certainly make/break a career. Thanks, MJ

annamaria
annamaria
3 years 6 months ago

thank you Melissa, some great insights in this article. education is the most important thing a self-publhished author can do. to understand the world of publishing an marketing can do wonders for a well written book. with all the work an author puts into writing a book, i just can’t see why they would ever want to give 15% of their hard earned money to an agent who will only upload the ebook.

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

I think the key is that if the program they are going to get you into adds value (ie: sales/exposure), then in certain cases it makes sense, but for simply being able to say you are agented, I agree, there’s no value there.

kathie
kathie
3 years 6 months ago
Thanks, Melissa! There are so many options to consider and I think that’s what makes this an exciting time. Most writers could probably say their publication situation could be better for any number of reasons. But if going it alone requires a professional path, treating it like a job, self-publishing with the thought in mind that you are a tiny little publishing house means you put out the best product possible. I’m sure working with certain agents can be beneficial for some, but finding resources like you offer at WLC and FosteringSuccess mean unaffiliated authors have a shot at getting… Read more »
kathie
kathie
3 years 6 months ago

beware the typos above–rushing!!!

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

No worries about typos, Kathie. Thanks for your input and for taking the time to read the post. I do think resources are key for indies in today’s market. When I first started self-publishing (2009) there were such limited resources and the nose snub was everywhere. We’re in a good space now, and it can only get better.

Paula Cappa
3 years 6 months ago
Very informative. I had no idea! I see you mention Amazon KDP Select FREEBIES and after-free promotions. Melissia or Jane, or anyone, do you have some insight on the status of FREEBIES at this stage going forward? The s/p authors’ gravy train for freebies seems to have left the station as I’ve been hearing that freebies do not spark the sales they used to (my horror novel got 1300 free downloads but did not spark any new sales). So do we think FREEBIES no longer have benefits other than momentary exposure? Would love to hear your thoughts as I’m bringing… Read more »
Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago
Hi Paula, everyone has a different opinion about this. JA Konrath just made about $100K in 6 weeks using the freebie tract, but that’s an anomaly. I follow hundreds of authors and their promotions, and most see just a slight, short-lived increase in sales. However, series seem to do better with free than stand alone books, which makes sense–use #1 in a series as an intro and gain your revenue from the others in the series. BTW, I stand firm in the belief that the best marketing strategy long-term is writing more books, putting out high quality work, and connecting… Read more »
Nina Amir
3 years 6 months ago

Another great response! I am in total agreement about promotion. Beyond the great book, promotion of every sort will sell a book best.

Also, I believe many people who opt into the freebie tract do so to gain reviews for their books, and I’m not sure that has always worked out so well for them. Again, many books remain unread on Kindles or get read and not reviewed.

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed, I was in a group last week that was commenting about giving away 30,000 books and having only gained an average of 2-3 reviews.

Author DSault
3 years 6 months ago
Excellent information and advice, Melissa. I have 35 years experience in marketing and sales. It always surprises me when authors give away free copies of their books as in the KDP Select program. I realize the theory suggests that this builds a fan base, but I’m not sure readers who seek free books are the best group to be courting. I’d rather give premiums like posters and other fun incentives to the wonderful fans who actually pay for my books. Of course, good marketing carries a cost in dollars and/or time, but, in my opinion, there is a much greater… Read more »
Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

Hi Dean, there is a lot of controversy about the free book epidemic that we are seeing. I do think that before free books became the norm, the value of free was there and strong. Now, the value seems to be in slightly increased follow-on sales, but you’ve hit the nail on the head. How many free books are actually read? I know people who have their Kindles full of freebies and they admit that they’ll only read a handful.

Anthony Pacheco
3 years 6 months ago
KDP Select is not free books. The reader is “borrowing” the book with the rights to read it on his or hers Kindle. You cannot borrow a book like this on any other Kindle reader, it has to be a Kindle. Furthermore, a reader has to be an Amazon Prime member which cost $70 a year. This is how Amazon makes money off of KDP Select. Now, what’s in it for the author? The primary answer is “money.” For every book that is borrowed under KDP Select, the author gets a percentage of a monthly pool. Right now that’s $2.12is… Read more »
Anthony Pacheco
3 years 6 months ago

And with that said, there is a KDP option to set the price-point to $0 for a promo period of 3 days. That is indeed free books, but should not be confused with the main features of KDP Select.

Used properly that promo can drive a lot of sales to other books in the author’s portfolio, especially with series.

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago
Yes, Anthony, you are right about the other benefit being the lends on KDP Select, however, there is a great divide between those who see a “significant” gain from lends. Again, I follow hundreds of authors and the average number of lends is not what I’d call significant, however for those who use retailers such as BookBub to give their free days a send off tend to see values that I’d rate as “significant” in the lend department. But again, most authors aren’t pulling out all the stops and that goes back again to riding off of the free bandwagon.… Read more »
Anthony Pacheco
3 years 5 months ago

My reply was geared towards Dean’s comment.

Porter Anderson
3 years 6 months ago
@twitter-27873266:disqus Hey, Melissa, Thanks for the detail of this post, really good to see so many specifics. Question about this paragraph: The complicated part of the WGP scenario is that to benefit from this 30 days of promotion I’ve just described, you must sign a portion of your royalties away indefinitely to your agent. Having twice taken part in the WGP, I have seen the benefits and negative outcomes of this program, and while it can be a beneficial program, 30 days of promotion are not worth the life-of-the-book revenue grab by agents. Why must you sign away those royalties… Read more »
Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago
That’s exactly the reason that I put this out there. Right now, agents want it all – full signage for the life of the title. At least that’s been my experience. With respect to agents, this is new to them, too, so everyone is in a learning stage. My feeling is that authors armed with information (as noted) can negotiate rather than just accepting the terms of the contract. With enough strength, the hope is that eventually the agents will realize that they’re losing money by NOT negotiating with authors. There is nothing from Amazon’s side that dictates the terms… Read more »
Nina Amir
3 years 6 months ago
Great question, @twitter-39469575:disqus, (I was going to ask the same one!), and great reply, @twitter-27873266:disqus. To be honest, I’ve had little problem with agents, but I’m highly caution of Amazon and its programs. There are many rights issues indie authors need to be aware of, and for some, this can be overwhelming. An agent can actually provide just the services they need to navigate all sorts of publishing contracts. Super post, Melissa. You’ve outlined some good points and offered great resources. I wonder, though, if all agents providing assisted self-publishing are taking 15% or if some are just charging for… Read more »
Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

Hi Nina, I’ve only worked with a few and spoken with several others, and the 15% seems to be the common number/way of working with authors. Remember, they’re trying to replace money that they are losing in lost sales, so this structure makes sense (from an agenting standpoint, not an authoring standpoint)

Porter Anderson
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks much, Melissa, appreciate the clarification.
And thanks again for the piece.
It would be great if we could get some agents’ comments here.
-p.

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed.

Taylor Dean
Taylor Dean
3 years 6 months ago

Great article. Very informative. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Melissa. Much appreciated.

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

Hi Taylor, you’re welcome and thanks for stopping by today.

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Janet Oakley
Janet Oakley
3 years 6 months ago
Thanks for this informative post. Honestly, publishing on every level is sometimes nuts these days. I took my novel out of KDP Select so I could see how KOBO would work. I used the free option only a couple of times. The last 90 days none at all, but I did get paid for borrows. The issue of agent assisting self-pub authors keeps coming up in different forms. Really shows how agents are looking for income stream. I think in the area of foreign rights, I’d want to have some sort of help. But I wouldn’t want to give all… Read more »
Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

Hi Janet, you are spot on — the industry can feel “nuts” because it change so quickly. I do think agents play a key role (for now) with foreign rights sales, and the news I have just received from one agent is that her foreign rights rep said that sales of 50k can warrant interest. But again, that could change as quickly as the weather. Thank you for your comments.

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andy holloman
andy holloman
3 years 6 months ago

great stuff as always melissa, hadn’t heard about WGP, thanks for sharing

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks for reading, Andy. Nice to hear from you.

Maria E. Schneider
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks for posting the information about WPG, and perhaps more importantly, the personal insight on the program.

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

You’re quite welcome. I’m glad you stopped by to read it. Knowledge is important, so please share it with others.

Anne Hill
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks for your very helpful article, Melissa. The author-agent relationship is one that deserves (and will no doubt receive) much more scrutiny as more agencies start experimenting with “boutique” or “hybrid” service models. It is great for authors to have this kind of specific contract language to consider when grappling with how to publish and promote each of their books.

Melissa Foster
3 years 6 months ago

Thank you, Anne. I’m sure there will be other avenues for agents and authors to work together and find success, too, but there will have to be flexibility from agents as authors become more knowledgable with the industry.

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Doreen Pendgracs
Doreen Pendgracs
3 years 5 months ago

What a fab post, Melissa. Thx for sharing your expertise and insights. It can all be so over-whelming. You’ve given us much to think about as we embark on the journey.

MARK DANTONI
MARK DANTONI
3 years 5 months ago

I believe most writers have the ability to handle many of these issues themselves. And for those areas where expertise is needed, many professionals will assist with the mechanics of design, layout and conversion — taking your book from manuscript to final product. There can be some value for agent-assisted self-publishing, but as you said…”make your choice wisely.” Good post.

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Steven Hutson
3 years 5 months ago

Anyone who resents paying an agent, shouldn’t have one.

Barry Knister
Barry Knister
3 years 5 months ago

Thank you for this valuable information. Question: what would be your advice to a novelist who sold a book long ago, who has had agents since–people who judged his work saleable–but whose agents failed to make deals? Before I go to my reward, I would like to give my stories the best possible chance of being read as ebooks. How do you suggest I proceed?

Thad McIlroy
3 years 5 months ago

Publish your book on Amazon: All authors treated equally…although some are more equal than others.

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Arial Burnz
Arial Burnz
3 years 5 months ago
Thank you, Jane, for posting this important information! I had never heard of WGP before this post. Melissa, much of the information you provided here was not only enlightening, but in my personal experience…spot on! I’m a huge advocate of self-publishing and love the freedom it gives authors and the options available for us. Admittedly, we authors do need to make a little bit of a financial investment up front if we doesn’t know how to do e-book formatting, print formatting and cover design. Perhaps even a little money thrown at a consultant to help understand all the options available… Read more »
Arial Burnz
Arial Burnz
3 years 5 months ago

Holy bananas!!! I really got on my high horse. Sorry about the length of my post. *grins sheepishly*

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peterriva
peterriva
3 years 2 months ago
Melissa and Jane, This is a grossly unfair article on many fronts, not least is the REASON agents look into the White Glove program… White Glove allows agencies (always using agencies as gatekeepers – which has been stuck on us anyway) to manage (there’s the costly word) the promotional avenues available to White Glove publishing agencies. That management is time consuming and requires industry knowledge beyond the capability of many (most) authors). In addition, given the extreme reluctance of publishers to fill out a P&L statement for debut authors, many agencies are clogged with great authors and great manuscripts that… Read more »
Jane Friedman
3 years 2 months ago

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your perspective here. To make sure I understand what you’re saying: You believe the contractual terms that Melissa has suggested (between an author and agent using White Glove) are not appropriate and do not offer a royalty percentage that the agent deserves?

Is it possible some agents deserve more and others less in this kind of arrangement? If so, how can authors tell the difference between the two?

peterriva
peterriva
3 years 2 months ago
Jane, Her premise that agents are ripping off authors who could self publish satisfactorily without “losing” 15% is all wrong. And misguided. The work required of agents in support of authors to publish – self or via a minor outlet – far, far outstrips any hope of return on the book being published. Part of the reasons agents indulge authors for this work at all is to either help them begin a writing career (i.e. they believe in them) or in the hope that the lost-leader will project the author into the peripheral vision of traditional publishers – publishers most… Read more »
Jane Friedman
3 years 2 months ago

Thanks, Peter. Given that Melissa is still participating in the White Glove Program (to my knowledge), she probably finds it of value, but with the contractual stipulations she’s outlined. Perhaps she’ll jump in here to clarify.

Arial Burnz
Arial Burnz
2 years 10 days ago

Well said, Melissa. 😉

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saintsavant@gmail.com
saintsavant@gmail.com
1 year 8 months ago

Does this program still exist?
How can you can agent or author find out more details?
Thanks you

Jane Friedman
1 year 8 months ago

Yes, the program still exists. You need to find an agent who participates, but extremely few agents make their participation known. No public details are available.

SJAT
SJAT
1 year 7 months ago
This is an interesting post. I am a self-published author with a solid back catalogue that still sells well, but my agent suggested WGP for an unpublished work. So far I have paid nothing to my agent, as all my works have been self-pubbed. Since my agent was also an editor and put an awful lot of work into the final edit of this new series’ initial volume, I was always intending to work in her 15%. She deserves it for work already done. And having a good stable of sp books, I am interested to see what the publicity… Read more »
Jane Friedman
1 year 7 months ago

Thanks for sharing your experience! I’m afraid I almost never hear about WGP from either authors or agents. I believe Amazon gets rather upset when people talk about the program, and I find the lack of transparency frustrating.

Kenneth Bernard Dean/LDD/Six
Kenneth Bernard Dean/LDD/Six
1 year 6 months ago

Dear Jane,

I need your help in directing me to where I must go to find or when looking for an Agent to help me in my endeavor, Sort of like a list of names of agents or agencies that I might be able to checkout . I look forward to some form of reply that will help me by-way of an e-mail, and I trust that you will come through for me, again thank you and I look forward to your response.

Jane Friedman
1 year 6 months ago

Visit this post: https://janefriedman.com/2012/01/28/start-here-how-to-get-your-book-published/

Look at Step 2 for resources to find agents.

@hell4heather
1 year 6 months ago

Hello Jane. I hope it is okay to post a link here, but I have noticed there is very little information online for authors considering going down the route of self-publication under Amazon White Glove. My own search led to this page and I wanted to share my own experience – which was less than favourable – as a caveat to other authors. The post is here: http://hell4heather.com/2014/11/26/update-from-a-slightly-less-terrified-author/
I hope it helps someone. Please think twice before doing this. You can do it on your OWN

Jane Friedman
1 year 6 months ago

Thanks, Heather – much appreciated.

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CRESCENCIA LEON MEDHURST
7 months 23 days ago

What do you do if you wish to participate in this marketing strategy when you already have a novel on kdp.amazon?

Jane Friedman
7 months 23 days ago

As far as I know, once you’re on KDP, it’s too late.

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