Yes, it can happen. And it makes sense – different people are different! I think writers need to be aware of that and make a point to discuss it at the very beginning. If the vision is different, amicably end the relationship and look for someone who shares your vision.
Perfect. It sounds like you have a great handle on it.
Found this today and thought I’d share. On the subject of agents/publishers not taking risks and signing new authors. One of my publishers (Orbit) brought on 14 new authors in just this year alone. Here’s the list.
Josiah Bancroft , author of SENLIN ASCENDS
Annalee Newitz , author of AUTONOMOUS
Rowenna Miller , author of TORN
Leo Carew , author of THE WOLF
Heather Child , author of EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU
Sam J. Miller, author of BLACKFISH CITY
Tyler Whitesides , author of THE THOUSAND DEATHS OF ARDOR BENN
Jonathan French , author of THE GREY BASTARDS
Alex White , author of A BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE
Craig DiLouie, author of ONE OF US
Rich Larson , author of ANNEX
Tade Thompson , author of ROSEWATER
Rena Rossner , author of THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD
Tasha Suri , author of EMPIRE OF SAND
And two of those books were originally self-published (Gray Bastards and Senlin Ascends, a pair of terrific books). Definitely a progressive publisher!
Yep, they’ve picked up quite a few self-published works over the past – including my own.
Hm… this is a very interesting thread.