The Writers, Agents & Editors Network began as a vision several years ago shared by Literary Agent Jeff Herman and his partner and spouse Deborah Levine Herman. As technology rapidly transformed publishing, the two saw the need to bring to life the information that Jeff Herman has been sharing for over 20 years in his yearly tome “Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents,” especially as it relates to promoting positive relationships between writers, agents and editors.
“One of the book’s features most appreciated by its more than 500,000 readers is the literary agent section. We get the agents to respond in their own voices to a range of provocative questions, and to provide their opinions about industry trends. Writers want to see agents as individuals with unique personalities, not just as names and factoids.” Herman says.
The Hermans were fortunate to connect with serial entrepreneur and visionary David Borish, who had invented software to assist writers in the creation of query letters and book proposals. The Herman’s are the authors of the perennial seller “Write the Perfect Book Proposal,” so it was a synchronistic teaming of skills. When Borish heard about the plans for a social network for Writers, Editors and Agents, he added his passion and skill-set to bring the vision to fruition. It was from this seed that WAEnet is born.