Why is an agent important in today’s publishing environment?
An agent is important for several reasons. First is that many publishers prefer to work with agents instead of directly with writers. Second is that having an agent allows the writer to concentrate on writing, not on finding and negotiating with a publisher. Third, an agent acts as neutral ground between writer and publisher should there be issues with deadline, rewrites, title, cover, publicity, whatever; the agent negotiates between the two. Fourth, an agent acts as gatekeeper between publishers looking for the best work, and authors who need more work before presenting to a publisher. Fifth, an agent encourages the writer to try new things, rework the proposal, fix a novel or nonfiction book, and to cry a little and then get back to work.
What type of a writer are you hoping to meet with at the conference?
I'm hoping to meet writers who understand the business of writing—what a proposal looks like, the publishing process, professionalism; who has a good understanding of the craft of writing; who has a completed novel/proposal; who has a long view of his or her writing career, and is eager to start or continue that career; who understands the need for reaching his or her audience.
What would you like us to know about your agency?
We are a small agency that concentrates on our clients, offering both professional advice and personal feel to our work.
Anything you would like to add?
We represent both fiction and nonfiction clients; will look at debut authors; will look at authors in a wide range of topics and interests from popular fiction to academic titles.
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