An agent will never underestimate an author’s loyalty.  It’s the key thing I look for when I meet an author for the first time.  I need to believe that we will still be working together ten years down the line.

Lee Child on electronic self-publishing: “It is a version of what authors sometimes do when they reach my stage and the next deal is gigantic. They get rid of their agent and do it themselves. I feel that is so disgusting … Agents and publishers work for years at the beginning, often at a loss. You can’t cut them out. That’s not ethical.”

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