STATUS: Is it really this early on a Friday? I’m going to be on a plane for most of today (and not off to World Fantasy) so I’m getting an early start on my day.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? I’M GOIN’ DOWN by Bruce Springsteen
To be honest, whether an agent is located in
For editors, they simply don’t care where an agent is located as long as his or her reputation is solid and the projects they see from those agents are good, good, good.
I bring this up because I hang out at a few online writers chat places (because I love keeping in touch with what writers are thinking and feeling) and almost once a month, this topic rises again and someone always posts that “most of the top agents” are in New York and writers should really have a New York agent.
Of course this bothers me for obvious reasons—being located in
Well, I started to really think about that. I could literally name 30 agents (just off the top of my head) with really stellar client lists that include huge NYT bestsellers who live and operate outside of
Here’s a quick sampling just to get the ole brain cells firing this morning:
Deidre Knight, Knight Agency (
Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management (
Jim Hornfischer, Hornfischer Literary Management (Austin, Texas)
Amy Rennert, The Amy Rennert Literary Agency, (Tiburon, CA.)
Sandy Dijkstra, Dijkstra Literary Agency (
Robert Shepard, Shepard Literary Agency (
And when you start boiling down the really stellar agents in
So since it’s my blog, I’ll rant if I want too! Wink.
Now the problem that gives us non-New Yorkers a tougher road for this myth-busting is the fact that the good majority of scammers operate outside of
That’s easily fixed. Have Writer Beware and its 20-Worst Agents list on your radar.
And spread the word.