The author/agent relationship can be a tricky one. There are good literary agents and bad literary agents out there, and yet from the author’s perspective it can be very difficult to know which type you have. Many authors talk themselves out of their reservations about their agents simply because it’s hard to know if your […]
A few months back, my former colleague Sarah LaPolla wrote a very important blog post that everyone looking for an agent should read. There are a lot of agents out there. Some of them are fantastic. They came up through an apprenticeship process and worked hard for an established agent before they knew enough to […]
Michael Bourne, tired of having his novel rejected without knowing why, interviewed literary agents to find out what their job is like and arrived at a newfound empathy for them: They are called literary agents, and if you are a writer with one or more unpublished books on your hard drive you have probably received […]
Last month, agent Rachelle Gardner posted about supposed fear among literary agents. The title: Are agents running scared? No doubt the publisher industry is changing quickly. While the pace of e-book change may be slowing, self-publishing is continuing its ascent and the role of agents is ever-evolving. So are agents going away? Should they be […]
Blogging will be sporadic this week as I’m on a work trip to New York, New York! I don’t know if you’ve heard (and if you have, start spreading the news), but if you can make it here you can make it anywhere.
One of the perennial topics of discussion in the literaryosphere surfaced this past week: The no response means no policy on queries. On the one hand agent Rachelle Gardner discussed the reasons for her no-response-means-no policy (though she often will respond, just not always), and Janet Reid explained why she responds to everyone. When I […]