Well, it looks like I have joined the other 60,000,000 people and have created a blog. As many of you know, I was the owner of Cody’s Bookstore for 30 years. I finally threw in the towel on retail in 2007 and started a literary agency in February, 2008. Take a look at my website at www.andyrossagency.com . You can see some of the projects I’m working on. It is a very Cody’s kind of list. And I feel very proud of these projects.
Since I’ve been working in the book business for 35 years, I think I have a lot to say, and I hope to say it in this blog. We will be covering a lot of ground here. We will be talking about how to get published, how to find an agent, how to promote your book and your platform. I would like to have some conversations with writers who want to learn more about publishing. So I hope you will write me your questions.
I also want to interview people in the book business who have really made a difference: publishers, editors, booksellers, writers, reviewers. I want to recommend books that I like. And talk to other writers about what they are reading.
I’m also interested in hearing snarky comments about the pretensions of the publishing industry. Pernicious gossip and tattling will get prominent attention. Pretentious and gaseous pontifications, particularly those with interspersed quotes in Latin, will be honored and dealt with appropriately. Literary figures who wish to carry on long-standing feuds, the origins of which are shrouded in the mists of time, and which are of no concern at all to anyone other than the feuding parties, will find an hospitable home on “Ask the Agent”.
So I hope you will pull up a chair and spend a little time with me.