May 222011

Industry News

Like writers, agents are scrambling to keep up with changes in publishing and some have reinvented themselves. Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware warns in her May 17 post that some agent reinventions may not be in writers’ best interests. Meanwhile, Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency side-stepped the conflict-of-interest issue by dropping the agent label to morph into Ampichellis E-Books . It retains its gadfly-like stance, however, and here the founders of Ampichellis opine that some agents might take over the role of book packagers or offer editorial services. Not so fast, fires back agent Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, whose response makes it clear the agent’s changing role is an industry hot button. Stay tuned.

New agent! Michelle Diener alerted us to a recent post in Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents blog. Susan Finesman has joined Fine Literary and it sounds as if Women’s Fiction fits her wish list.

In the May, 2011 edition of The Knight Agency Newsletter , Deidre Knight pens What To Expect When You’re Expecting An Offer to inform and reassure those with manuscripts out on submission.  In addition, a newsletter feature dubbed “The Watercooler” offers insight into the kinds of submissions Knight agents hope to find in their in-boxes. Hint: several are looking for women’s fiction.

Wordserve Literary’s Rachelle Gardner is a fan of hard truths and told them May 16 through 19 here .

Are you skittish about e-publishing, worried about the future of brick-and-mortar bookstores, and anxious about agents? Take a deep breath and click here Feel better now? We do, too. Thank children’s/YA agent Molly O’Neill for a link that reminds us why we read and write.

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