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Is Agent Editing Normal?

I read this on an agent blog today and light of the events that have happened to Sidney Somers at New Concepts Publishing, so I had to ask whether this is normal because it sounds strange to me.

Apparently the agent has two clients who have started their own erotic epress. The agent is editing down her clients’ works to fit into the new epress’ guidelines. The agent is also editing an anthology for the epress.

I have even heard a rumor that the agent is actually starting her own epress. So is it normal for an agent to edit down the work of her clients so that it fits into an epublishing venture started by two of the agent’s clients? I know that some authors refuse to work with certain agents because the agents themselves write. How about agents who edit? Or who own their own epress?

At first glance, while it seems odd, there doesn’t appear to be a direct conflict of interest so long as her clients know that a) she is doing the editing and b) she is being up front about her connection to the epublishing venture. Of course, if many of the work that is being submitted goes first to the epress and not out to other houses, that can be a conflict.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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