Why is an agent important in today’s publishing environment?
With so many options available to authors, it's difficult to know what to do, when, and how. A great agent will guide an author through those decisions so that they can come out with the best business model for them. An agent will also help identify scams or shady companies (there are a LOT of them these days), and an agent can shop sub rights to projects that are self-published. Last year I sold audio rights to a few self-pubbed YA novels, and currently I have a publisher in Germany considering a self-pubbed women's fiction project.
What type of a writer are you hoping to meet with at the conference?
I am always intrigued by authors who are polished and put-together…ones who have done their research on me, the industry, and the process. I'm also looking for writers who are hard-workers. There is nothing easy about being an author. It typically means waking at 5am to squeeze in writing time, and sacrificing free time to pursue marketing opportunities. So this component is very important to me, because the last thing I want is to find myself playing the role of "nagging parent" with my clients.
What would you like us to know about your agency?
As I write this, we are the fifth most deal-making agency in the nation (according to Publisher's Marketplace). We do a lot of business. We are respected in the Christian and secular markets. And we are serious about working with our clients long-term.
Anything you would like to add?
On the web: http://www.macgregorliterary.com/