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This will set the cat among the pigeons. It's pretty bad when another agent is so worried about authors getting screwed over by their own agency that he's offering them a free contract review. If anything demands the :eek: emoticon, surely this must.

From The Bookseller:

"Literary agent Peter Cox has offered to review "any" contract given to an author by an agent for free in order to ensure that the author has "impartial advice"."

Here's a link:

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/agent-peter-cox-offers-impartial-review-author-contracts.html

He doesn't mince his words on his blog either, and, you know what, he's right.

http://www.redhammer.info/news/agent-publisher/
 

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Peter Cox is right about the conflict of interest, but I wonder whether his main concern is that agents e-publishing their clients will be making easy money at a difficult time for people in the publishing industry. They may survive while agents who don't find a lucrative backlist to publish fail.

Looking at the dismally inept covers Sonia Land commissioned for Catherine Cookson's books one has to doubt that her executors made the right decision. I blogged about this here: http://lexirevellian.blogspot.com/2011/06/author-agent-and-cover-artist.html.

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I am amazed that Loretta Chase cover is still up after Dear Author posted about it.  The author responded to their post, so she's aware it isn't up to standards.  If it were me, I'd be throwing a diva tantrum till they got me a new cover.

It's very disturbing to me that agents are packaging their clients' backlist in such an inept manner.
 

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Agencies are usually very strict about considering material from prospective clients until they've officially severed ties with their old agents. This seems to fall into that same gray area. What happens when a writer sends this guy her contract, he says, "No, this is no good, and your agent should have done thus-and-such instead," and the writer says, "You're right. I'm going to leave my agent. Can I sign with you?" It's bound to happen sooner or later.
 
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