AALA Survey Finds Overwhelmingly Support from Agents for HarperCollins Union
79.1% of literary agents who participated in a survey conducted by the Association of American Literary Agents say that they support the HarperCollins union strike, which began on November 10. The union had previously asked agents to refrain from submitting new projects to HarperCollins until an agreement is reached.
Among the supporters, 74.4% back the strike unequivocally, while 4.7% are "positive with caveats." Meanwhile 9.3% say they are neutral, and 11.1% feel they need more information about the issue to form an opinion. Fewer than 1% of respondents say they do not support the strike at all. A total of 215 members responded to the poll.
A majority of respondents to the poll say they have changed their dealings with HarperCollins in some way as a result of the strike, from delaying deal announcements to only submitting option projects to withholding all business, including meetings, with the publisher. Still, there are some caveats: specifically, some agents noted that they will still submit to the publisher if their clients specifically request it, or if they feel that cutting Harper out of the running will result in lower offers for their clients' books.