eBook Rights: The Agents’ Perspective

Agents as PublishersAndrew Wylie’s controversial Odyssey Editions eBook initiative, which attempted to disintermediate the traditional publishers who built its authors’ reputations in print in favor of a higher eBook royalty rate via an exclusive deal with Amazon, has caught the attention of the entire publishing industry.

But he is hardly the first agent to establish himself as a digital publisher.

In this free WEBcast, eBook Rights: The Agents’ Perspective, we will explore the controversies and conflicts that have arisen around eBook rights and how agents are responding, with three successful agents who have pioneered new approaches to digital publishing for authors.

  • Why should publishers offer a higher royalty rate for eBooks, and how much is fair?
  • What are the pros and cons of splitting print and digital rights?
  • When splitting rights, who owns the source files?
  • Can agents be good publishers, and is it in an author’s best interests to find out?


  • Richard Curtis, president of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc., is a leading New York literary agent; founder of E-Reads, an electronic book publisher; and a well-known author advocate. He is also the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including several books about the publishing industry and is a former president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives.
  • Arthur Klebanoff is founder and CEO of RosettaBooks LLC, an independent e-book company which focuses on the best of the backlist.  He also owns the Scott Meredith Literary Agency, an agency founded in 1946 with more than 1,500 titles in print.
  • Scott Waxman founded the Waxman Literary Agency in 1997, a mid-sized agency with a roster of more than 200 authors, including many national bestsellers in a variety of fiction and non-fiction categories. Always looking for new ways forward in the world of books, Waxman launched Diversion Books, a publisher of eBook originals that connects authors with the freedoms of digital publishing, earlier this year.

Moderated by Emily Williams, co-chair, BISG Rights Subcommittee.

eBook Rights: The Agents’ Perspective webcast was live on Tuesday, September 14th @ 1pm EDT / 10am PDT. DBW Members can access the on-demand archives.


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