Briefly Noted | Your Agent Should Not Be Your Publisher « Redhammer

Once you become your client’s publisher, you then become a principal in the transaction.  This means you can no longer function as the client’s agent.

Agency law makes it clear that an agent must not engage in self-dealing, or otherwise unduly enrich himself from the agency.  Nor must an agent usurp an opportunity from the principal by taking it for himself.

I really doubt whether any agent can legitimately claim that it is in the author’s best interests to be published by their literary agent.  It’s like the ref in a game of footie being paid by one of the teams playing.  It raises huge issues – and it just doesn’t feel right – does it?

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