A lifetime ago I started this blog as a way to empower writers even when I couldn’t attend writers conferences. Long ago when I first started in this business the internet was still in its infancy and except for a few AOL chat rooms there wasn’t much available (not even websites) to writers. Authors were relying on LMP and Writers Market which were big heavy books you could only often find in libraries, and writers conferences if they could afford them.
What I wanted to do with this blog was travel less (I was speaking at roughly 8 conferences a year) and reach more people. I also wanted to quiet the voices that felt the best way to teach authors was through shame and humiliation. I had grown tired of attending conferences with agents who loved nothing better than to lord over authors with their vast knowledge (many had only been in the business 1-2 years) and embarrass them into thinking they were less than. I wanted to empower authors by reminding them constantly that not only do they have a voice in this industry, but they are the voice of this industry and without them, their queries, their submissions (even when faulty) we as agents have no job. So I blogged.
I’ve always known that my job is to be an advocate for authors. In my role as a partner in the business of publishing for my clients, I work on their behalf to negotiate strong contracts, fight for better covers, push for more marketing, and encourage the writing of new things. Sometimes I even offer a shoulder to cry on, a place to vent, and friendship to lean on. What has recently come to light for me is that my mission in this job as a literary agent extends well beyond just my clients. When I started this blog I accepted the role of advocate for all authors–published and unpublished. With what I hope is a positive and encouraging voice my job as a literary agent is to help all of you find a way to achieve your dreams, even if it isn’t with BookEnds.
It’s why I started the blog.
It’s why I Tweet.
It’s why we have Instagram.
and it’s why I now make videos.
The more authors I can empower, the more I succeed in my role as a literary agent and author advocate for all.