Currently Reading: I'm on the last Jodi Picoult book, Second Glance. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, due to the fact it begins with ghost hunters. But I kept going, and have enjoyed seeing some of my hunches come true, and being surprised with other twists to the story! This is one I don't own, but I would like to in the future. Library books are due back today, and I only have about 30 pages left. I'm also still reading Access Denied:)
A friend accidentally sparked a firestorm of controversy last week on FaceBook, when the conversation turned from query letters to whether or not agents (and publishing companies) are really needed.
There were several debates on issues such as...
-Since we can now go through CreateSpace, do we need a publisher?
-Are agents needed, since the technology exists to upload our own work and even design our own covers and book trailers?
-Can word-of-mouth followers on Twitter help 'get the word out'?
The conversation was so volatile, the writer of the post went on several times to beg for politeness and state, again, she was only trying to get an opinion on her query letter.
But now, one of the posters is writing a self-help book titled, "How NOT to Get Screwed By Publishing Companies", and some of the material includes:
- examples of how authors get 'ripped' off when they use their services
-why people think agents are beneficial.
For my part, I like having a publisher because:
-I like having an editor!
-I like knowing I'll get a professional document put together by people who have done this for YEARS.
I would also like to have an agent, because they will shop the book around for me and leave me more time to write. Yes, I had one who scammed me, but I've learned my lesson and would now like a more reputable one. Several of my blogmates can attest that having an agent makes life somewhat easier on the author (correct me if I'm wrong, Cindy...Mia...Travis!).
So what's YOUR take?