What authors really think of their publishers

Our sister site, Agent Hunter, has just published the fruits of its 800+ author survey. You can see the full write up here, and obtain the full dataset here.

The authors concerned were 40% British/Irish, 60% North American. They were typically:

  • highly experienced
  • recently published
  • and allied with big publishing.

We had over 800 responses and got some damned interesting responses back. You should really truly take a look at that Agent Hunter post but, to get you salivating, just take a look at these little lovelies:

Our comment: not surprising, but a very impressive performance. Well done trad publishing!

Our comment: Yikes! This is not so great. And other questions on communications / marketing were also dispiriting.

Our comment: not nearly good enough. We hope this improves!

Our comment: this data is for agented authors only and goes to show that agents are on the whole doing a terrific job. It also goes to show that authors are perfectly capable of being content . . . but that publishers have a good bit further to go before they earn that author loyalty.

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  • Interesting stuff. As a novelist with no agent and not signed with a traditional publisher it’s in some ways reassuring that landing a deal with one isn’t neccessarily the answer to every problem I might face.

  • Peter Winkler

    “this data is for agented authors only and goes to show that agents are on the whole doing a terrific job.”

    I believe that one can draw a completely different conclusion. Most authors are reluctant to leave their agent, even if they’re unhappy with them, because it is often extremely difficult to obtain representation in the first place. Rather the devil you know than the one you don’t.