From quite some time I have been noticing that literary agents and big ones at that have left the publishing industry. The first agent to do that was Nathan Bransford. Then I read about agent Mary Kole leaving the publishing world to start her editing services. Then I read about agent Anna Webman leaving the publishing industry. Three big agents. Actually dream agents. With fantastic deals under their belts. With amazing clients.
On the other hand, I have seen that many lawyers have started their own agencies. They have turned literary agents. It’s a scary thought. For the simple reason, that these people come from a profession that is so different from writing or publishing. I was under the impression that literary agents are former editors or people with a literary background.
A close blog buddy of mine told me that she has changed her agent three times. And none of the agents have been able to sell her books. That scared the hell out of me. All these things are making me rethink my writing or I should say publishing agendas.
Am I doing a right thing querying agents? I have said time and again that in India we approach publishers directly as there are no agents. My two previous books and the current one with Scholastic have been published that way.
I would like to know what do my writing friends, blog buddies and other writers think about the entire literary agency scene. Can a writer manage to get published without a literary agent? Can a writer take a leap into the publishing world without the support of an agent? Does having a literary agent guarantee a publishing deal? What’s your take on the entire literary agency scene? I would love to know your views on this.
P.S. Tomorrow 22nd March is my fourth blogoversary. With all the renovations going on at home I completely forgot about it.