Speaking of Hollywood scouts and other altruistic vultures, can you explain to me how some agents operate so damned quickly when it comes to turning late-breaking news stories into book deals?
During the great deluge of Hurricane Katrina, I could see how a high-profile figure like Anderson Cooper would seize his day in the spotlight to secure a million dollar book deal, but what about situations like the West Virgina mining tragedy? How soon do agents wait before contacting the wife of the lone survivor about writing a book on the experience? Or better yet, the wives of the men who died? What's the protocol, or is there any?Do the parents of kidnapped CSM journalist Jill Carroll already have a book deal in place before knowing the final outcome of her immediate situation?Just yesterday I read about Ariel Sharon's memoir being sold. The man's in a ^*%ing coma! I find it astonishing when I read about news-worthy book deals that happen before the story has begun to peak.
I really would enjoy learning more about your perspective on the matter.
Agents are a lot of things, but ambulence chasers isn't one of them.
The folks you want to take to task here are journalists.
They are the ones phoning up the widows and orphans.
We don't do that.
Why would we?
We only sell the stuff that's written, we don't actually write it.
Ariel Sharon's memoir has probably been around for years and now there's renewed interest in it since he's clearly at the end of his life.
Agents may hang upside down in the closet over night with our wings folded over our eyes, but we're not bloodsuckers. We're their agents.