Booksquare led me to this profile of agent Andrew Wylie. I think my favorite line is “I suspect that the trashier the book, the more likely it is to be converted to an e-book. You don’t have a desire to save James Patterson in your library. Those who want to keep a book for a long time will buy a physical book.” Of course, this brisk sentiment is somewhat hedged by the fact that Wylie’s new ebook company has just published editions of Nabokov, Updike, Erdrich, Rushdie . . . .
While agents were off my radar for much of my career, I’ve noticed that, increasingly, I have to deal with them in negotiating contracts for Magazine articles. I suspect they are not in this for the money (10% of three hundred dollars is obviously not a lot) but because of digital rights, as magazine publishing becomes more diversified in the way content is distributed. Leonard Marcus is interviewing agent-to-the-stars Sheldon Fogelman for an upcoming issue and I’m anxious to read what they talk about.