Poets & Writers Magazine has an excellent Q & A with agent Lynn Nesbit.
She discusses the changing role of agents Poets&Writers, Inc.: “You are part of a writer’s support systemâ€”a very important part. The role of the agent is more important today than it was when I was starting out. Because the publishing world is so corporate, and editors move around so much, you are increasingly the only fixed point for the writer. That’s one way it’s changed. Another thing that I notice here, with younger agents like Tina and Eric, is that they do a lot of editing, and we didn’t do that when we were young. I think it’s partly because of the editors. There is such pressure on editors to come in with something that’s almost ready to go that the agents are assuming part of what the editors used to do.”
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