Posts Tagged: agents
Big publishers traditionally rely on income from known authors to support taking risks on new writers. But those publishers have grown more risk-averse, avoiding unknown writers and focusing on mainstream books expected to perform well in the marketplace. Meanwhile, independent publishers are filling the shortlists of major prizes in part because they are willing to take risks with new authors....more
The process of selling writing can do funny things to people, like the male authors writing under female pseudonyms. Catherine Nichols went the other way, taking on a male persona to sell her novel:
I sent the six queries I had planned to send that day.
A few months ago, writer Patrick Ross made a difficult and possibly regrettable decision: he left his literary agent.
He didn’t have another agent lined up, or even any strong leads on where to find one; he’s currently sending his book around and receiving rejections....more
Rumpus readers will definitely want to read The Toast’s new series “A Literary Agent Answers Your Fevered Questions.” (NB—the questions cover a wide range of feverity, so if yours just kind of has a warm forehead, feel free to send it along.)
Written by Ginger Clark, a literary agent at Curtis Brown, it offers valuable advice for writers looking to find a home for their manuscripts....more
The Millions has an interesting essay on why literary authors are transitioning into the world of genre-writing. Whether the cause be jumping on the most marketable bandwagon, or pressure from agents, publisher nudging or a style-change by the author, there is a plethora of explanatory theories, there is an undeniable presence of genre writing on bestseller lists....more
The book blogs had a great week — here’s some of what they have to say:
This is very cool. Check out The Underground Library, a community in which “books are given out to Members of the Library, who are asked to SIGN their name by the Due Date and PASS the book to someone who they think will like it..” (via)...more