Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dijkstra Agency Asserts Representation of Nobel Winner Mo Yan's Backlist


New winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Mo Yan is listed on The Wylie Agency's website as a current client and, as we reported yesterday, when contacted for comment Andrew Wylie said by e-mail that the agency was "in discussions with publishers in all territories" about Yan's work. (This was confirmed by some publishers reporting from Frankfurt.)

But Sandra Dijkstra at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency reports that "we were Mo Yan's American and international agents from the beginning. Starting with his classic novel RED SORGHUM, we sold his first 6 books worldwide." She notes that "we are very proud to have been there for him from day one, and that his ship has finally come in."

Viking confirms to us that they have the Dijkstra Agency listed as the agency of record for RED SORGHUM. A colleague of Dijkstra's says that they "are aware of Wylie's claims" but "SDLA is, and always has been, the agent for Mo Yan's backlist titles up until 2010."

 (I'm sure neither the Dijkstra Agency nor The Wylie Agency finds it all that funny, but this just cracks me up completely.  It was reported here at Publishers Marketplace.)


JeffO said...

When Agencies Fight. Will this be like King Kong Vs. Godzilla?

Mister Furkles said...

I bet it's more like Geico Gecko vs. Taco Bell Chihuahua.

BW said...

I am reminded of the Allstate comercial. Let the mayhem begin.

Kristin Laughtin said...

So he jumped ship without letting the first agency know?

Either way, it is a bit amusing to watch them fight it out.