Literary Agents in China: WTF?
Via the Complete Review:
In China Daily Mei Jia offers an appropriately muddled and confused
article claiming Literary agents open new chapter in China.
There's Nobel laureate Mo Yan announcing that: "his daughter Guan
Xiaoxiao has full rights to represent him in copyright talks and any
other negotiations on cooperation" -- though maybe that doesn't extend
globally, as Andrew Wylie still lists him as a client...
Chen Liming, president of Beijing Genuine and Profound Culture
Development Corp, who has been offering literary agent-like
services to top Chinese writers including Mo and Mai Jia, known
for his spy and detective novels.
(Personally, I think representation by them is worth it just for the
name alone -- who could ask for more than: 'Genuine and Profound
Culture Development' from their representative ?)
Of course Chen does have a problem: