Wednesday, December 7, 2011

An E-Literary Agency

Back on October 7, 2011, I reported that Beth Terrell, Executive Director of Killer Nashville and the author of Racing the Devil, said:
“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.

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