Dear Author’s third anniversary is almost here on April 4, 2009. It seems like it has been far longer than three years. I’ve met so many people and learned so much about the industry in such a short time. Through the blog and through my ventures out into the world of publishing, I’ve been fortunate to meet a number of publishers, editors and authors.
It came to my attention that I could marry my love for books with my legal knowledge. In the past, I’ve been able to play matchmaker, in a low key way, with authors and editors. Several people at RWA last summer suggested that perhaps I should look at opening my own literary agency. My life was such that I felt like I couldn’t take a risk but my my circumstances have changed and I am excited to announce that I am opening Dear Author Literary Agency. I’ve signed up a couple of authors including emerging talent, Ann Aguirre whose latest novel Blue Diablo is in stores now and an exciting new organization called International Consortium of Heroes. I know that the latter sounds a little far fetched, but this organization is a group devoted to the furtherance of romance and romance hero tropes. It’s an amazingly interesting group of guys and their writings will be fascinating.
I’m thrilled to be evaluating literary contracts and pushing for better terms with publishers for our authors. Under the new Dear Author Literary Agency, we’ll be able to leverage our legal background to achieve superior deals. Further, we will actually be able to advise authors on exactly what each term within the contract means and how we can circumvent those clauses to our benefit. So few agencies can provide that level of service.
One of the things that I see, too often, are authors not being properly compensated for their works. I’ve got some great ideas about monetizing new streams of incomes for authors by leveraging the emerging technologies. But old ideas still have their purpose. For example, one new client we signed at DA Lit Agency found that their work was wrongfully being published in another’s book. We immediately filed a petition for damages and a request for temporary permanent injunctive relief. You can read more about the legal matter here. The authors are well known to this community and I am sorry to have to subject them personally to this matter but when faced with the facts and the law, these two authors refused to back down. It was really a personal tragedy for me. Sarah and Candy, authors of Beyond Heaving Bosoms, have decided to copy, against legal advice, literary work of another group of individuals, work that was private, confidential, and copyrighted. We are confident that the law will stand behind us despite what Simon & Schuster might claim.
Because I am going to be agenting and because of the time commitments involved in starting a new business, I will no longer be able to keep up with my obligations here at Dear Author. I wish that I could devote more time to winding up the business here and creating sufficient content to make sure that Dear Author will flourish, but I have confidence that the others can take up the void.
In any event, April 4th will be my last day of blogging here. I hope that you will all join me at the Dear Author Literary Agency site: dalitagency.com. I’ll be bringing over some of our favorite features here such as the First Page and First Sale series. Additionally, every post that I’ve written here will be exported over to the DA Literary Agency site in the near future.
It’s been a lovely time with the community here and I can’t wait to see the growth of a new community at DA Lit Agency site.