Obama's agents move into e-publishing

Obama's agents move into e-publishing

The literary agency representing Barack Obama has become the latest to move into e-book publishing but stresses it is not trying to compete with publishers.

US firm Dystel and Godrich Literary Management (DGLM) also represents cookery writer Prue Leith and the actor Richard Dreyfuss. On its blog, DGLM said: "E-publishing is yet another area in which we can be of service to our clients as literary agents." It said these services include bringing out of print titles back into availability once rights have reverted, and publishing titles it was unable to sell to conventional publishing houses. It will charge a 15% commission in helping them manage the publication process and said it will continue to negotiate any deals in the wake of the e-publishing.

DGLM represents John Locke and J A Konrath, both of whom have had success self-publishing e-books. DGLM stressed it had "no intention" of becoming an e-publisher. It said: "As we said above, we have too much respect for the work that publishers do and too much respect for the work we ourselves do to muddy the waters in such a way."