July 5th, 2006

books

agent commentary

Buried in post-holiday weekend catch-up (and maybe some pre-holiday weekend catch-up)..... After the furor raised by the list of the 20 worst literary agents that was so widely circulated, it distressed me that so much of what one sees about agents online can be negative. But here are a few links that I've collected up over the last month that made me feel better and reminded me that there is worth in trying to swim against that tide.

Buy Your Agent Flowers.
From Pod-dy Mouth, the infamous reader of many a POD book.

"If my income was generated by finding hits among the misses, I 'd be completely insane by now. Not to mention livid."

What a Literary Agent can and should be
From Australian author Glenda Larke.

"How much had I paid my agent by this stage? Nothing. Not a penny. Not a cent. Lord, I hadn't even taken her out to lunch.....Look at those dates. 1991 and 1999. Would you work that long for someone for nothing? My agent did!

The Truth About Literary Agents
From Jason Pinter, author and editor

"Too many authors see literary agents in black and white. You either have one or you don't. If you have one, you win. If you don't, you lose."