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Meltdown: When Agents Attack

See on Scoop.itWriting and reading fiction

This post from Jim at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management made me feel much less alone in my opinion that there are a bunch of rude  literary agents with whom I’d never want to “partner”. I used to read a bunch of Famous Blogging Agents’ blogs (and I’ve met a few, too.) There were common threads and themes, such as treating writers like dirt and mocking attempts they deemed weak. Authors are now in a better position to tell the offenders to go away.


It reminds me of the story about Stephen King’s exit from his first publisher. He was making them big money but the president of the company couldn’t ever seem to remember his star author’s name. After a bit, it started to feel like an insult (or a purposeful snub?)


Be sure to read the comments on this post, too. Wish I had a video recording of the reported meltdown.

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3 Responses

  1. inkspeare says:

    The threat of extinction?

  2. Chazz says:

    I think you’re definitely right about that. There’s still a job for a great agent because publishing does and will continue. However, there are surely more agents in supply than are now in demand.

    I know a few people who are still pinning their hopes on a traditional deal through an agent, but the truth is, I don’t understand them. Amazon is the new slush pile. You can always pursue the trad deal after self-publishing (and that way you won’t lose money while you wait…and wait and wait.)

    I see so many authors who are happily self-published and are now so relieved agents turned them down. It’s inspiring and that’s another reason to aspire to inspire.

  3. fuonlyknew says:

    I’d like to see that video too!

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