Friday, July 1, 2011

Are Literary Agents Going Country?

I've been reading a lot about literary agents "thinking" about changing things around. Some are posting on blogs they are coming up with new ideas with regard to self-publishing, and it's all top secret and no one's making any announcements until they are sure about what they are doing. I'd add links, but I've always thought that posting nothing but links is just a lazy way of blogging that takes little creative effort.

I don't have an opinion one way or the other about what these agents are doing. I think it's wonderful that all these changes are taking place in publishing and I applaud anyone who is willing to move forward. Change is a good thing.

But I also can't help smiling (just a little) when I read these agent blog posts. In some, I've read that even though they are "making" changes and "thinking" about helping self-published authors, they will still be gatekeepers to a certain degree. In other words, the hint of polite arrogance is still there. The same hint of arrogance, I might add, that laughed at self-publishing and e-publishing a few years ago. Or it could be they've been the gatekeepers for so long they aren't ready to relinquish the control. And, they very well may keep the control and remain the gatekeepers. It's still too soon to tell.

Either way, I do applaud anyone who decides to change and move forward. But I can't help thinking about the Alan Jackson country song whenever I hear about a literary agent embracing self-publishing and offering services to "help" authors self-publish e-books.

She's been playin' in a room on the Strip
For ten years in Vegas
Every night she looks in the mirror
And she only ages
She's been readin' about Nashville and all
The records that everybody's buyin'
Says 'I'm a simple girl myself
Grew up on Long Island'
So she packs her bags to try to her hand
Says this might be my last chance

She's gone country, look at them boots
She's gone country, back to her roots
She's gone country, a new kind of suit
She's gone country, here she comes

Well the folk scene is dead
But he's holdin' out in the village
He's been writin' songs speakin' out
Against wealth and privilege
He says 'I dont believe in money
But a man could make him a killin'
'Cause some of that stuff don't sound
Much different than Dylan
I hear down there it's changed you see
They're not as backward as they used to be

He's gone country, look at them boots
He's gone country, back to his roots
He's gone country, a new kind of suit
He's gone country, here he comes

Well, he commutes to LA
But he's got a house in the valley
But the bills are pilin' up
And the pop scene just ain't on the rally
And he says 'Honey I'm a serious composer
Schooled in voice and composition
But with the crime and the smog these days
This ain't no place for children
Lord it sounds so easy it shouldn't take long
Be back in the money in no time at all'

He's gone country, look at them boots
He's gone country, backt to his roots
He's gone country, a new kind of suit
He's gone country, here he comes
Yeah he's gone country, a new kind of walk
He's gone country, a new kind of talk
He's gone country, look at them boots
He's gone country, oh back to his roots

He's gone country
He's gone country
Everybody's gone country
Yeah we've gone country
The whole world's gone country

1 comment:

Drew said...

This was too funny!!