“I want to clarify something here. The Knight Agency is not becoming a digital publisher. We’re helping those authors who want to publish their backlist but not do all the legwork themselves and taking only the agency commission, while we pay various expenses, like covers and ISBN registration. We’re also doing this for some original fiction authors have requested we do that has not been picked up by major publishers. We =are not= taking submissions or facilitating publication of works by authors we do not represent.”
You have stated various things that have misrepresented what we’re doing with our digital program at The Knight Agency. We’re not starting a digital publishing house. We’re not behaving like a publisher or taking a publisher’s cut. We’re not taking submissions or insisting that our authors take advantage, nor do we think that traditional publishing is no longer viable. This is an option that we’re providing for our authors, and many have been very excited to take advantage because they want to get their works into e-book form but don’t want to do all the legwork themselves. I’m very disappointed that you’ve said something very publicly that I feel damages my reputation and that of the agency. I do hope you will print a retraction.
PS – As I’ve said it before, I like and respect Lucienne and I accept what she said, however the letter from the company which I will be glad to post left me with the impression that they were in fact opening a digital publisher. I know at any rate that they are taking a 15% cut for “assisting authors with their electronic publishing” — which is far, far too close to a conflict of interest for my taste, whether or not they take a publisher’ cut. And the fact that they are “facilitating” clients’ digital publishing means that the business is changing completely and this is in fact the new game. One in which agencies cannot do much.
PPS — I will be out of the house the rest of the day at the office – ish, finishng DSR. However, when I return, I will do a more in-depth, point by point of what I said and why. I do want you to know, however, that what I wrote in my blog was not meant to damage the Knight Agency or Lucienne. It was merely meant to be an explanation of my thought process in coming to the deicsion to move forward without an agent. Watch this spot.