- Traditional publishing is dead
- Agents are useless in this entire process
- To be successful you can do it entirely on your own
Publishing has a lot of different approaches for writers. We can use any number of traditional publishers, we can use independent publishers, we can self-publisher through platforms such as KDP or Smashwords and guess what - not one way is better than another. Like everything in publishing, it all depends on the book, the concept, the author and who knows what other variables.
I know I spoke to several agents after the Romance Writers of America conference who felt that agents were not needed or for that matter wanted at the conference. I made a mention of this in an earlier blog when a key note speaker overly emphasized how writers should "fire their agents" and ignore the traditional publishing route.
We fail to realize that there are really far more writers struggling in the self-publishing arena than there are those succeeding. We forget that many of the authors doing well in the self-publishing market are authors selling their back lists. In other words, these are people who already had a following.
I have no problem offering programs at conferences for those interested in learning about self-publishing. I have no problem with authors who want to take this approach and are doing well. But please, do not demonize those authors who love to take the traditional approach.
RWA published an article entitled "Romance Writers of America Offers Professionalism, Inclusion". I am hoping that in the coming 2014-2015 year, the RWA, as well as all of the other writing organizations actually take this approach and treat all of their writers with this same attitude.
As for Greyhaus Literary Agency, we are continuing with our standard course. We are not doing this because we are "old school" or "not open to other approaches", or "not progressive". Greyhaus offers the support to those writers who have selected to take the traditional approach.