I was kinda hoping to know the topic by now too, but since Lee does it on his own time I'm not pushing it--its nice when it happens but I know he has other stuff going on. At this point I probably won't be able to participate this month, but thats just life. :-)
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RE: Agents, Danielle Smith, what are you all thinking?
To me the important question isn't why she did it or what she had to gain. I'm not interested in mud-slinging. That is in the past.
The important question is, as a creative who might work with an agent, what can we learn? How can we avoid getting stuck in this kind of a situation? Something on this scale might be rare, but it still bears thinking about. What, as an industry, can we do to not only support her former clients (as mentioned, people have been doing great at that) BUT ALSO to make a way for people to speak up if something like this were to happen again, or otherwise prevent it from happening again, or going on so far/so long?
I guess these are all big questions that nobody can really answer. I believe its at least good to make sure people are aware so they can make thoughtful decisions, and also discuss things as (hopeful) members of this industry and try to do things better if we can.
Agents, Danielle Smith, what are you all thinking?
So I was debating about bringing up a tough topic here but... what’s the point of these forums, after all? I know a lot of the discussion is happening on Twitter, but sometimes I like the option of reading and writing comments that aren’t limited to however-many characters.
For those not in the know, here is an article talking about the issue: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/77656-agent-danielle-smith-s-former-clients-speak-out.html
Or check out the hashtag #daniellesmith on twitter.
For me, it’s been pretty jarring because I’ve felt like working toward finding an agent is the next step for me in illustration. So on the one hand, hearing stories like this is scary. Signing with an agent requires a HUGE amount of trust and I think a lot of people take for granted that they deserve that trust—and since we feel like small fish in a big sea, we feel like we have to take what we can get.
On the other hand, this might lead to a good time to be querying in some ways. It makes me more awake and aware of what I want and things to ask about before thinking about a contract. And agents of course will be looking for ways to be open and helpful to potential clients—at least I hope so.
This also seems to be opening up the issue of kid lit being a “small world” where they say it’s easy to get “blacklisted”. “Don’t talk bad about an agent/editor, it’s a small world and nobody will want to work with you after that!” That’s all well and good for avoiding obnoxious clients, but on the other end, what about authors/illustrators who have a legit bad experience? How do they talk about it without closing doors? I don’t know the solution, but people are talking about it, and that’s at least a first step.
Anyway. I don’t have anything in particular to add, I was just curious about the thoughts and feedback of my friends here. 😊
RE: NEW Portrait Painting class in the subscription!
Woo-hoo! Can't wait to check it out.
RE: EPISODE 08: YOUR CREATIVE BANK ACCOUNT
I missed this episode while I was on vacation but I am catching up! Lots of great thoughts here and I agree with so many of them, so to keep things short I’ll just say I love this episode. I came here to say that the Artists Date comes from the Artists Way book but I see that @Concept beat me to it. 😉
RE: I think i finally have a book cover that looks like book cover.
Wow, Kevin! How does it feel to be just working on final touches??
As for the eyes, the color is cool but I think I prefer the all-grey version.
RE: An Agent Contacted Me, HELP!
Sounds like I'd put them in the category of "art rep" rather than "agent"--its a nit-picky distinction, but if I remember right about 30% is normal for an art rep--so yeah they're above that but not by a huge amount. Art Reps tend to advertize/work with all sorts of art buyers, while agents are more focused on publishing only and generally take something more like 15-20%. In either case, a good Art Rep or Agent (emphasis on GOOD) will be totally worth that percentage--finding you more jobs, and negotiating higher fees for those jobs too. However, I have NO experience with this whatsoever I'm only speaking about what I've heard, so maybe someone with more experience will chime in.
Sounds like it could be a great opportunity, but definitely check into it to make sure everything checks out. Maybe a bit stressful trying to make a good decision while still in school, but really thats a good problem to have (since they really OUGHT to be teaching more of these kinds of things to those pursuing art degrees ANYway....).