“I think a lot of agents will become something like ‘career coaches’ for writers.” “…., the marketing/business side of things is hard for me. All I really want to do is write.”In commenting on her remarks, I wrote that technology had given authors the ability to self-publish, but we still need some of the services that the agent/publisher model provides. Many self-publishers would be happy to give up a share of royalties for those services.
Well, it is happening. A November 29 post on the blog TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog announced the formation of a new e-literary agency, Lucinda Blumenfeld Literary Consulting. The post includes a lengthy interview with Lucinda Blumenfeld. As the post reports, Lucinda’s comments in the interview bring to light the ever-evolving role of a lit agent and explain how digital publishing has changed the marketplace.
Creative destruction is altering the book world and the traditional agent/publisher/distributor/bookstore/library model is being replaced. The replacements are still finding their way. E-literary agents are sorely needed. The question is can they be financially sound—are independent authors willing to pay for the services of an e-literary agent? I hope so.