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August 2, 2011

Literary agents plumb alternative revenue streams

By Chris Meadows

The lines between authors, agents, and publishers used to be very clear and bright. Each one had certain things it did best, and the idea of authors or agents jumping into publishing themselves was all but unheard of.

But with the rise of e-books and e-publishing, many authors have gone into publishing for themselves—and now a number of literary agents are doing so as well, for backlist titles traditional publishers have been less willing to touch.

The Bookseller has a feature looking at some of these agents. For example, Ed Victor has branched his literary agency out into offering public speakers and publishing backlist titles. Victor believes that the time when “agents can just be agents” is over.

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