This week there’s a lot of buzz about the future of publishing and the role of an agent. It’s no surprise that eReaders and eBooks are growing quickly.
What does this mean for us writers? Will all publishers and agents disappear and the writer be responsible for self-publishing?
I don’t think so.
There’s a number of reasons why–a writer generally can’t reach a big audience if they self-publish and also, there will need to be some standard on what’s good and what isn’t (a lot of the self published stuff out there is pure junk…and the true gems often get hidden). Most people still want some sort of guideline or “gatekeeper” to figure out what actually IS good. And for a writer, while the agent’s role is changing amidst the digital revolution, they will still be important.
This fantastic article from agent Mary Kole of Andrea Brown Literary Agency pretty much sums it all up. Former agent and CNET staffer also Nathan Bransford posted his views on the the changing role of a literary agent. I’m sure this topic will be covered extensively over the next few years as the publishing world transforms.
So, I don’t think we’ll be saying goodbye to agents or major publishers any time soon. 🙂