Last month, agent Rachelle Gardner posted about supposed fear among literary agents. The title: Are agents running scared?
No doubt the publisher industry is changing quickly. While the pace of e-book change may be slowing, self-publishing is continuing its ascent and the role of agents is ever-evolving.
So are agents going away? Should they be worried?
In her post, Rachelle concluded that even if the specific roles of agents change, the ones who are flexible will adapt right along with the industry. I’ve elsewhere argued that agents are far more than just gatekeepers and will negotiate with whomever is left to still negotiate with even when the gates are down.
But maybe the change will be more drastic than that. Could agents disappear entirely, or at least morph into an unrecognizable form? Are their days numbered?
What do you think?
Art: Self-portrait – Pieter van Laer