Link of the Week: Literary Agents in the Digital Age

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This week on Jane Friedman’s popular book publishing blog she featured a guest post by by Sangeeta Mehta,a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster. Mehta interviewed Jessica Fraust, president and literary agent at BookEnds Literary Agency. Fraust also established Beyond the Page Publishing, a digital business where “authors still maintain the control provided by self-publishing, but receive editorial guidance and direction from publishing veterans.”

In the interview they discuss the effect self publishers choosing to bypass literary agents is having on agents and how an agent can assist in a debut or established writer’s self-publishing endeavors. Here is an excerpt:

SANGEETA MEHTA: The constantly shifting digital publishing climate has prompted many literary agents to launch spin-off digital businesses. Is this why you started Beyond the Page Publishing? How does Beyond the Page assist writers with self-publishing? Is it for clients of your literary agency, BookEnds, only?

JESSICA FAUST: Back in 2011 I realized how important self-publishing was becoming and was going to be for authors. I wanted to make sure I had something to offer those clients who might be interested in diving into that world, but didn’t want to do it on their own, so I launched Beyond the Page. We do all editing, and while we say we only offer copyediting, our editorial director Bill Harris is really wonderful and usually works with authors on a much deeper level, providing revision suggestions where needed and doing line edits. We also do formatting, conversion (including adding changed material and reconverting files whenever needed), uploading to all sales sites, marketing help and pitches, copyright filing, and we provide an ISBN and hire a cover designer.

We started working primarily with BookEnds authors, but have expanded well beyond just the BookEnds client list. In fact, I would say that most of the Beyond the Page authors have come from outside BookEnds.

To continue reading the interview click here.

The Two Jane Friedmans

The publishing world has developed a reputation as a small, tight-knit community of professional individuals who share a passion for books.  It is also home to two very successful women with vast knowledge of and experience in the industry.  It just so happens, that they also share the same name- Jane Friedman.  One is the the CEO of a digital only publisher and the other a very popular, publishing blogger and former editor.  Keep reading to learn more about their stories and companies!

 

Jane Friedman, Open Road Media

Jane Friedman is the Cofounder and CEO of Open Road Media.  Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company that markets its ebooks using video content and social media.   Click here to visit Open Road Media’s Blog.  Friedman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide for 11 years and oversaw operations in the United States and in countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and India.  She also held many positions at Random House including the Executive Vice President of Random House Inc. Friedman currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Entertainment, Media and Communications Division of the UJA, and is on the boards of many organizations.  Her many awards and honors include being chosen as one of New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women by the New York Post, the 2006 Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly, one of The Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch, named one of New York’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders by Crain’s New York Business, and included on Vanity Fair’s list of 200 Women Legends, Leaders and Trailblazers.

 

Jane Friedman, Author of Jane Friedman Blog

Our second Jane Friedman is an editor at the national award-winning magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as a very well known publishing blog writer.  Visit her blog titled, Jane Friedman: Writing, Reading, and Publishing in the Digital Age, hereSome of her most popular posts include Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published” and  “A Definition of Author Platform.” The blog won the Alliance of Indepdendent Authors for Top Website for Self-Publishers and was one of Writer’s Digests Top 101 Websites for Writers in 2013.  “I wear many hats,” Friedman says,”but most people know me as a trusted resource for writers, someone who is clued into the future of the publishing and media industry.”  She also teaches in the Media Studies program at the University of Virginia.  Friedman was also the former publisher of Writer’s Digest, where she worked for over 10 years.  Connect with Friedman on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, as well!

 

 

Written By: Diana Cavallo