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Author Defends Agents

portrait2.jpgDespite the publishing recession, literary agents have been the focus of the Internets lately: rejecting failed queries, being rejected by angry authors, and most recently, letting readers be agents for a week.

Author Jean Hannah Edelstein wrote an article for the Guardian defending agents against the storms public opinion. Edelstein has worked as an agent’s assistant, so she brought a unique perspective.

Here are her thoughts: “many agents spend a majority of their time in the office … sorting out the crucial, but picky and tedious, administrative issues that often make not one iota of difference in terms of their own income, but which are crucial to authors. The fun literary reasons that agents take their jobs, the reading and editing, tends to happen in the evenings and on the weekends.” (Via TeleRead)

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HP-8: The Friday Roundup

  • The WSJ’s Jeff Trachtenberg wonders if it is at all humanly possible to keep a lid on spoilers once HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS is available to one and all as of July 21.
  • Bloomsbury sure hopes and prays no one breaks the embargo and spoils it for everybody.
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX’s Wednesday box office: $44.8 million, a record.
  • B&N has 1.2 pre-orders for DEATHLY HALLOWS. Borders will report their numbers imminently, no doubt.
  • Jean Hannah Edelstein looks forward to the end as it means J.K. Rowling might write something different from now on.
  • A new survey reveals that over half of adults think Harry will survive. None of the questions asked adults whether they think Harry Potter eats beans or looks like George Wendt.