If anyone reads Publishers MarketPlace, in the automat section, there is an interesting reprint of an interview with Binky Urban, a high-octane (and some say the best lit. agent out there) with ICM.
She has some interesting points to consider, like;
1. She thinks authors are going to get smaller advances for their books. Advances more closely
in line with what the books will sell.
2. She think's Amazon's undercutting of book prices, especially in the ebook sales, could seriously
damage--if not destroy--publishing houses. She definitely is not a fan of Amazon.
3. She has some interesting insights on the first generation of readers who have grown up with
computers in their homes. On one hand she likes what she see's from them. On the other hand,
what they could represent with e-books in relation to traditional publishing is problematical.
4. The other point she hinted at is that top agents go after established authors. And it makes sense.
But what does that mean for the newbies in the publishing world? We must be getting the John Doe
from the Mail Room wannabe lit agent to represent us--if we get representation at all.
Interesting interview. And while you're in there. read the Robert B. Parker interview. He's got something interesting to say about today's mess in the publishing world.