Villagers With Pitchforks

The flaming torches were delayed in transit, sorry.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Your mission, Mr Bond, is to sell this novel

Agent 007 is an ex-editor who is now working as a literary agent. Interesting notes on editing, agenting, and what it's like being on the other side of the editor's desk.

As far as editors are concerned, some agents are smart. Some of them have great taste, great connections, a great list of writers they’d eat all their red pencils just to edit. But the idea of being one of them is… well… unthinkable.

However, I’ve since gained valuable perspective. I know what goes on behind this side of the curtain, and I know how frustrating it can be. But I spent a fair amount of time last week ranting about editors, so I’d like to expose the scoundrels among agents today. Let’s face it, agenting has a bad rep because there are quite a few lousy agents out there.

007 is also soliciting questions, which are themselves quite interesting.


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