Insights from a literary agent trying to keep his company and his authors out in front of a trend. Jason Allen Ashlock of Movable Type Management talks about the necessity of experimentation and the importance of having the right partners in the digital age of publishing (from Digital Book World).
We might embrace a less straightforward representation model, bring on the capable partners, and launch ourselves into a more networked management role, but we need the authors to bring their ideas, their insights, and their bravery. We need all the eyes on the market that we can get, all the ideas that we can produce, all the hands we can get on deck, and all the fearless enthusiasm we can muster if we’re going to experiment enough to stretch toward confidence and eventual expertise. We need our authors to be educated, curious, willing sometimes to lead and sometimes to be led.