Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Science fiction agent Ralph Vicinanza dies

On Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, Ralph Vicinanza, 60, known or being Stephen King's literary agent, died.

According to an article by The Associated Press, he "founded his own agency in 1978 and signed up some of the world's top science fiction and fantasy writers, including Terry Pratchett, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert and George R.R. Martin." I understand he also had represented Isaac Asimov.

Apparently, he died of a brain aneurysm. He worked in the publishing industry for nearly 40 years, according to the AP. Click here to read the article.

I brought this up because although literary agents are prevalent in the book industry, they don't get much recognition. Of course, authors are more important because they actually write the stories, and the editors are important because they help refine the work, but agents can help authors get their manuscripts published in the first place. It seems Vicinanza had a good eye for talent and should be remembered.

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