Recently, a literary agent was attacked for rejecting a would-be author. (Click for full story.) I’m upset, but not surprised. I think it was only a matter of time and I won’t be surprised if it happens again.
Right now, we live in a tough economical environment and there are financially desperate people out there. Some who think that if they write a fictional manuscript or their memoir that they will rake in the dough. These people dream they will be the next J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, or Suzanne Collins. Then they submit their “masterpiece” to the gate keepers of the publishing world and are more upset than usual when they are rejected because these agents are keeping them from making ends meet and quite possibly from a financial windfall. It is this desperation that spurs the attack. The agenting world is not alone, we’ve seen violence in other workplaces.
However, unless things drastically change for our economy, I think we are going to see more and more attacks on agents. Can you imagine the consequences? Already, the attacked agent has pulled out of the social media sphere, no more Facebook, Twitter, or other online communication, and who can blame her? But if this gets to be a bigger problem, I think agents will quit attending conferences and workshops. And where will that leave us wanna-be published authors?
Do you think we will see more agents attacked?