literary agents

Orchard unites agenting and PR

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

A New York PR agency has decided to bridge the gap between publicizing their clients and actually repping for them by forming its own literary agency. Orchard Literary, part of Orchard Strategies, “is a Manhattan based literary agency that represents a select group of top experts and authors. [...]

Big Publishing’s latest author discovery wheeze: YouTube celebrity deals

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Next Big Thing in author discovery, according to a Wall Street Journal article anyway, is YouTube. Book promo videos have been a coming thing for a while now, as any fule kno. But now Big Publishing is turning the equation round, by using the power of rich social media to discover rather than [...]

Planet Agent’s guide to UK agents already in firing line

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK “database of all UK literary agents, their agencies and publishers” Agent Hunter has released research, summarized in the form of the infographic included here, on the state of the UK agenting environment that has already attracted complaints and objections. As quoted by The [...]

Hugh Howey gets behind self-publishing for literature

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hugh Howey Hugh Howey recently posted a thoughtful piece on the future contribution of self-publishing to literary fiction which seems to have sort of got lost amid all the excitement over his latest AuthorEarnings report and the Hachette/Amazon face-off. It’s no surprise to see him come out [...]

Guide to How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent up for free on Amazon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 22, 2014 // 1 Comment

There’s still plenty of (justifiable) debate over the need for literary agents in this post-disruption self-publishing age. Whatever your views on the value of agents, or the defensive posturing of certain senior representatives of the breed, though, you’d be a brave author or pundit to [...]

The midlist ghetto: Where no writer need go again?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 9, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Rumpus, a.k.a. “The online urban hipster coffee shop” (what? you mean you’ve never heard of “the online urban hipster coffee shop”? Where have you been wasting your time, loser? Starbucks?), just ran a piece by midlist author Russell Rowland on being a midlist [...]

UK Association of Authors Agents president says publishers can charge authors

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

David Gaughran was kind enough to alert me to this piece in The Bookseller, which details some quite extraordinary revelations – and opinions – around a letter from Guy Rose of agency Futerman, Rose and Associates, shared online, which advised an author to either use a Kindle publishing [...]

Literary sins you'll love to commit, courtesy of Writer's Digest

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 17, 2013 // 4 Comments

Publishing Talk Daily, with its sometimes charmingly bizarre curatorial policy, has just picked up and headlined a piece from The Write Life dating back to August – but as it purports to be good writing advice and hasn’t appeared on TeleRead yet, I thought I’d cover it. Entitled [...]

Wylie's jackal gums Amazon, cocks its leg over writers, readers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Veteran literary agent Andrew Wylie, who sports the charming sobriquet “The Jackal,” recently gave vent to some spleen against Amazon and developments in the modern book world, in a New Republic interview that has already garnered ire from Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader and [...]

Peter Riva relates a veteran agent’s perspective, from Antioch

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

U.S. literary agent Peter Riva (photo at left), co-founder of the wide-ranging agency International Transactions Inc.,  shared some thoughts on the position of agents, authors and publishers  in today’s digitally disrupted print universe with Lise Quintana, editor-in-chief of Lunch Ticket, [...]

Has the public perception of self-publishing finally changed?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

Self-publishing a book can come with pre-conceived notions from readers, other writers and even publishers. People used to think self-publishing a book meant it wasn’t good enough to get picked up by traditional houses. However, the stigma of self-publishing is changing. Success stories have [...]

Bloomberg profiles Larry Kirshbaum, Amazon’s publishing chief

By Chris Meadows
January 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Bloomberg Businessweek has a five-page profile on former publisher turned literary agent Larry Kirshbaum, who Amazon picked to head up its publishing division that is stirring up so much fear and loathing in the publishing industry. (The title of the piece, “Amazon’s Hit Man”, and the cover [...]

Literary agents plumb alternative revenue streams

By Chris Meadows
July 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

The lines between authors, agents, and publishers used to be very clear and bright. Each one had certain things it did best, and the idea of authors or agents jumping into publishing themselves was all but unheard of. But with the rise of e-books and e-publishing, many authors have gone into [...]

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