New doesn't come close to describing me regarding the world of publishing. I would consider my status as pre-pre-new.
That said, when will a "Literary Agent Gateway Service" © provide a bi-directional network where writers post a query letter and/or partial manuscript for agents to peruse versus the current, unidirectional method of writers wading through an ocean of potential agents?
The service would provide a database for registered agents to log in, search/browse, and review query letters and/or partial manuscripts of writers who are seeking representation. Every agent who reviews the content will be captured in a log and would have to check a NDA box before given access to the content. Some form of pre-screening could be involved to ensure available content meets some basic criteria before being added to the database. Additionally, the content could be time-stamped for automatic removal after a 30 - 90 day period.
This could be a free or fee based service.
As one who believes in putting technology to work whenever it may create a useful platform, I may be stating some form of literary blasphemy with this suggestion. If so, please accept my most humble apology.
- If you write it, they will come - (hopefully)