Monday, July 21, 2008

Question about editors and agents

I recently had a question come up about editors and agents. The writer asked if when looking for editors or agents, if it is better to find someone that has done both jobs. In other words, and editor that moves over to do the agent thing or visa versa.

I certainly think there are advantages to having someone with expertise in both fields. Theoretically, they can see how the business works from both sides of the equation. They might also have a few extra connections to tap into when working with a manuscript. An agent with editorial background will have some links into the business through their prior networks. The editor with agenting background would have some links to agents in case they have someone coming to them agentless.

Now, does this mean it is preferable? Not necessarily. I just think it adds a new dimension to how they see the business.

Finding that right agent or editor is still going to come back to finding that perfect match for you and your writing. If it is someone with that background, then great. If not, so be it.

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