As the partner of a very talented author of children's books and science fiction novels, I often felt the pain that she experienced when trying to promote and self-publish the wonderful stories she created through countless hours of painstaking work and thought only to end up going nowhere but on the tail end of a Google search results list. I thought it unfair and such a waste that top-notch literary talent will often go unnoticed by literary agents, the gatekeepers to success for aspiring writers. However, I simply assumed that the problem stems from the classic catch 22 that plagues any beginner, whether it is the freshly graduated job-seeker looking to start a career, the struggling actor/actress looking to land their first big film role, or the writer who has yet to receive notice from a major publisher. How do you get traction when you can't move in the first place?
Digging deeper, I found that my assumption was not entirely accurate. Literary agents actually would love to discover the next J.K. Rowling, who did not have a track record of previously published work. Luckily for both Ms. Rowling and the agent who took a chance on her, she eventually ended up writing the best selling book series in history. However, just like writers, agents also face difficulties in finding high-prospect opportunities because of time constraints and inefficient methods of sifting through the hundreds of manuscript submissions they receive each week from writers seeking their help. Many unpublished but talented writers enjoy a large following on social media and garner immense popularity within local communities. However, they are still unable to gain large-scale visibility within the literary world because agents cannot afford to risk wasting time and effort representing unpublished writers, a group that the traditional publishing model considered less likely to guarantee a return on investment. The end result is that talented writers will remain undiscovered and unpublished in perpetuity.
Understanding these pain points faced by agents is what led me to create ScriptSift. ScriptSift aims to break down the barriers that prevent both literary agents from finding the next New York Times Best Seller and talented authors from finding the right person who can bring their undiscovered talent into the global spotlight.
ScriptSift represents the voices of agents, publishers and writers who wish to provide the world with beautiful works of literature through the discovery of new talent. ScriptSift will enable the proliferation of new and creative literary talent by empowering literary agents to make better-informed choices for representation more quickly and with more assurance through data-backed recommendations.