what is your snarky take on agents who write their own books?
I'm not referring to merely books on writing or the industry, but works of fiction.
Am I churlish to worry that they'll be focusing more on selling their next MS than mine?
I checked out one agency, a boutique from the looks of it, that looked promising until I compared their client list with their associate agents: two of the agents were clients.And there are other agents out there with the writing bug.
My initial reaction is, "Whoa. It takes me a lot of time to create a good, marketable (one hopes, anyway) book, not to mention the time it would take to shop it myself if I were my own agent.
So? Churlish or not, on my part?
Well, I'd be the worst kind of hypocrite if I said writing for fun was the hallmark of an agent who didn't focus on her work, given I write this blog.
Agenting is not a zero sum game. If an agent writes and sells her own novels it doesn't mean less for you. It's more like she'll have more empathy for you, more experience to draw on, and more sales and contacts in the industry.
It's hard to trust that is true before you have an agent, a contract and a finished book, but it is.
On the other hand, do NOT get me started about book reviewers on staff at national magazines or newspapers who also write novels. I have a complete rant about that involving power point slides.