The first week of January will mark 10 years since I rejoined the world of books and began working as an apprentice literary agent at Writers House. A ton has changed over the ten years, and I'm going to use the next three weeks to analyze some of these changes. I'm going to divide it into agent/editor relationships, agent/author relationships, and how the industry as a whole has evolved, particularly after both the advent of digital publishing and the near apocalypse of 2008-9.
I'm also doing this because, after several years as the Tuesday Dead Guy, I'm going to step back after my column on January 3, and pass on the reins to a new blogger. I've found myself struggling in the last year or so to write interesting, fresh material, and I think a new perspective will be beneficial to this spot on Dead Guy. It's been wonderful writing (nearly) every Tuesday, and I will miss it. But it's definitely time.
In the meantime, though, I'm excited to explore where we've been, how the book world has changed, and, perhaps, think a bit about where it might go.