The Evolving Role of the Literary Agent

Writer's Digest (October 2014)
Writer’s Digest (October 2014)

In the most recent issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, you’ll find my feature article, “The Evolving Agent.” I discuss how literary agents’ business models and services are changing to fit the needs of their clients, who are increasingly self-publishing or choosing hybrid paths.

The article covers:

  • the value of agent-assisted self-publishing
  • what happens when agents use third parties to assist you (e.g., Argo Navis or Amazon White Glove)
  • specific agencies that assist with self-publishing and what their terms are
  • what questions to ask an agent before having them assist with self-publishing

Regarding that last point, here are a few of those questions to ask:

  • Who covers the costs associated with self-publishing? In most cases, the author covers the cost, but sometimes the agent will cover expenses and deduct them from the author’s earnings.
  • Who controls the rights to the self-published work? (It should be the author.)
  • How long must you commit to giving the agent 15 percent of sales on the work? (It shouldn’t be indefinitely.)
  • How/when can the agreement be terminated?

To read the full article, buy the October 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest, available in print or as a digital download.

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