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Licence to deal
Mark Medley, National Post · Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.

An agent’s job description. An agent is a writer’s primary advocate and
chief negotiator (“You are the paycheque,” says Bruce Westwood, founder
of Westwood Creative Artists). An agent will scout new talent; mentor a
writer; mediate problems between author and publisher and, if necessary,
find a new publisher; suggest new sources of income, for example
speaking engagements; and sell foreign rights as well as television,
film and stage rights.

“It’s not just selling the book and doing the deal and leaving them at
the door of their publishing company,” says Jackie Kaiser, who works at
Westwood. “As an agent, I have an interest in helping my writers
understand how they can best navigate the entire publishing process.”
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january 2011 by jerryking
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