As I write this, there is a passionate discussion taking place on twitter under the hashtag of #agentpay. Colleen Lindsay brought up the topic of what would it be like if, instead of working off of commission, agents billed writers by the hour.
I won't lie. This hypothetical proposal scares me, not because I don't think agents would be worth what they would pull in, but because many of us would not be able to pay them for all those hours.
How many writers would have to venture out into the world of slush without agents because they couldn't afford the billable rates?
Those of you with agents and those of you without, comment and share how the "what if" would play into your decision to seek representation.