With so many (inexpensive) options available to authors who are not traditionally published (and even those who are), literary agents are having to reinvent themselves. An interesting post from The Passive Voice.
Literary Agent, Janet Reid, announces the Liz Norris Pay It Forward Writing Contest. If you’re not represented by an agent, and if you’re not self-published, here’s your chance to snag a literary agent. The prize offered is Registration for the Backspace Writing Conference in NYC (May 24-26), travel stipend of $300, and a three night hotel stay
Click here for details.
Happened to come across this on Craigslist.Hopefully it’ll be of use to someone:
Erin Harris, a literary agent at the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency in Manhattan, seeks book submissions in the following areas: literary novels with compelling plots and international settings, thrillers, mysteries, and noirs, especially starring strong female protagonists, and YA and Middle Grade novels that transport her to magical places. Please visit the company website, http://www.skolnickagency.com, for more information. Queries may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to paste the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of your email. Attachments will not be opened.
If you can, there’s a contest in it for you. The only rules – the story should be encapsulated in 60 words or less (also called a logline). Chuck Sambuchino (of the Guide to Literary Agents) and Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner are getting together to give you the opportunity to do your worst.
Click here for details.
Is there such a breed? There are scammers, no matter what the industry. Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner has some common sense suggestions in her post.
Click here for the post.
Googling “Literary Agent” brings up 3,060,000 entries, to give you an idea of how intimidating all of this can be to a writer wanting to get published.
Not that there are as many agents, but there are enough to confound the best of us. To make matters worse, there are scammers out there ready to help gullible writers part with their money.
Remember – you *never* pay an agent up front – not reading fees, not any other fees.You pay when the agent sells your book. The industry standard is 15% of your earnings (20% in case of foreign sales). See the “Literary Agent” section for a sample contract.
The agent doesn’t have to be a scammer to be bad. Plain incompetence on the part of your agent can easily destroy your career. So how do you begin to research the agent?
Click here for a great article on researching track records of agents by Victoria Strauss.
In addition to the sources Victoria lists, I’ve found the forums on Absolute Write invaluable. Just googling the literary agent often brings up a thread on Absolute Write.