BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: The BookEnds Strategy for Self-EPublishing: "It's amazing how much publishing has changed in just the last year and how quickly authors, readers, and publishers are embracing this new..."
The above link is from BookEnds, LLC, an agency I've always respected. Now I'm not sure what to think. It's not that I distrust them, nor that I have anything against agents making a living in this new e-publishing economy. But I do wonder about the end results. Will agents become the new era of vanity publishers? Will they stop looking to make external sales to big publishers on the hope of having a breakout e-writer? And what does this mean for writers seeking an agent? Will the submission process become easier? Will an agent take on more books (because E-publishing is ALL about numbers crunching)?
On a more practical level, why would an indie author even need an E-agent? I can hire an editor, a book designer, and a programmer, not to mention a PR person. What purpose would an E-agent serve? Or better yet, I can do all these things myself and keep the entire 70% of the pie amazon is begrudgingly sharing with me.
So I welcome BookEnds into the E-Fray, but I also cannot help but feel sad about their decision.
What do you think? Should agents become e-publishers for their clients? If an e-agent made you an offer would you accept it? Or would you stick with a traditional agent? Or does it matter?