A little curve ball today. Something I think we'll be seeing more of in the future. The Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency has closed down in favor of opening Ampichellis Ebooks, an ebook publishing company.
There's been a lot of talk on the web about literary agents becoming publishers. Agents have the editing skills and publishing knowledge to do the job, and are more nimble in the current market than the publishing giants. Time will tell how all these changes work out.
In the meantime, the former agents continue their blog, now called Ampichellis Ebooks, with all the great information you'd expect from an agent blog. Here's a sampling:
What do they think of the new roles for literary agents? Find out in The Once and Future Literary Agent.
In Let the Good Times Roll, they address the stigma of ebooks--where they seem like a 'last resort' for authors.
If a writing conference is on you horizon, read through Conferencing 101 before you leave.
Are you writing exclusively and saving marketing and social networking for the day you land an agent? Think again. Read Do I Know You? to find out how much you should be doing right now, and why.
The query stage can be a daunting one. Take a look at Hairy Query Theory for some tips on making it to the top of the slush pile.
There are many obstacles standing in the way of getting published. Knowing what these roadblocks are can smooth the way. Check out the six listed in A Six-Pack to Success.
If you're interested in submitting a manuscript to Ampichellis Ebooks, take a look at their submissions page.
What do you think of the literary-agent-turned-publisher trend?