I had lunch with an agent a few weeks ago who told me about her agency's "no whining" rule for authors. I'm curious as to what the authors out there will think about this: basically, the agent said that authors shouldn't whine about their publishers not doing anything (generally meaning that the publisher is putting and marketing/publicity attention on their books).
The agent wonders if the authors truly feel this way, then why do they continue to submit their work to publishers? Why don't they just self publish? This is what the publisher does for you, at minimum:
1) they edit, copyedit, and proofread your book
2) they design your book
3) they produce your book
4) they put your book in their catalog
5) they sell your book into their distribution channels
6) Oh, and you also get an advance and royalty
According to this agent, anything above and beyond is icing on the cake. Publishers are not obligated to market or publicize your book. But of course it's beneficial to the publisher to sell as many copies of your book as they can, because the publisher benefits as well.
The agent said that their agency works to find marketing and publicity partners to work with the publisher if they feel that it is appropriate (I forgot to ask who pays for this--the author or the agency?).
I've decided to not offer further commentary right now, and instead invite all of you to weigh in. So, what do you think? Agree or disagree? Do you expect more from your publisher?
In other news, I've lost my voice and am finally admitting to myself that I'm sick. Watch out for the nasty bug going around!