In response to a changing marketplace, 10 women literary agents have launched the Agents Round Table (ART), a consortium of independent agents who have pledged to share knowledge, resources, and contacts.

The goal of ART, according to Regina Ryan who has an eponymous shingle, is to better meet the needs of their clients. "This is new in the publishing world," Ryan said. "My authors love the idea of my being able to consult with this group. They know they’re getting advice and wisdom from first-rate agents with literally hundreds of years’ of experience in publishing."

Members of the consortium will continue to represent their clients independently.

Agents participating in ART include Ryan, Meredith Bernstein of the Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency; Stephany Evans; Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank of Fairbank Literary Representation; Fredrica Friedman of Fredrica S. Friedman & Co.; Denise Marcil and Anne Marie O'Farrell of Marcil-O’Farrell Literary; Ayesha Pande of Ayesha Pande Literary; Rita Rosenkranz of Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency; and Paige Wheeler of Creative Media Agency.