An experienced American agent gives a personal view of the way she operates and works with authors.
'I still look for those properties that speak to me personally, and I still look to my network of editor relations to find the right place for them. And after that, everything else just follows.' Rosemary Stimola is founder and president of Stimola Literary Studio, a full service literary agency established in 1997, with the aim of representing authors and author/illustrators of fiction and nonfiction for preschool-aged children through young adults. Her clients include such award-winning and best-selling authors as Suzanne Collins, Matthew Cordell, Thanhha Lai and Tanya Lee Stone.
Reuters article which reports that Apple Inc is rejecting charges that it conspired to fix prices of electronic books, calling the U S government's antitrust lawsuit a "fundamentally flawed" endeavor that could discourage competition and harm consumers.
* Apple says strategy aids competition, helps consumers * US alleges collusion cost consumers millions of dollars * Apple says Steve Jobs comment on pricing mischaracterized * Three of five publishers have settled antitrust case By Jonathan Stempel May 23 (Reuters) - Apple Inc is rejecting charges that it conspired to fix prices of electronic books, calling the U.S. government's antitrust lawsuit a "fundamentally flawed" endeavor that could discourage competition and harm consumers.
Book publishers are trying hard to argue that e-books cost almost as much to produce as printed ones, and therefore prices for e-books should be higher — but the bottom line is that consumers don’t care what a publisher’s costs are, nor should they.
This is a subject that’s been on my mind a lot these past few weeks, driven largely by the absolutely deserved attention cycle given to Robert Caro’s LBJ biography and volume 4, THE PASSAGE OF POWER. It’s not just that Caro is a throwback, someone whose career was the product of a time when publishing took risks, didn’t really care about P&L statements, and were only starting to be chained to the yoke of multi-conglomerate expectations, but that it’s impossible to imagine a next-generation version of him carrying on with multi-volume biography.
'The world is a peculiar place, but it has nothing on the world of books. This is largely a fantasy world in which the pecking order goes as follows: If you can't cope with life, write about it; if you can't write, publish; if you can't get a job in publishing, become a literary agent; if you are a failed literary agent - God help you!'