WANTED: Lit agents
More and more so in the contemporary world, in the age of (post?) social media, people are promoting their poetry worldwide on for example Instagram. Most often the poetry is bind in a book at a publish-in-demand service online and has no official impact on the world of literature.
I mean not to sound too snobbish but the relevance of literature is in the traditional distribution to libraries and shops, in the newspaper reviews and in the ISBN printed boldly in the front page of the book.
Personally, I am seriously rich with my arrogance on the topic: I don't think self-published books make literature. I don't think you earning your innocent dime by selling bulk poetry in a street corner out of your bag makes immortality. I think, still, after just one book, that the world needs some gateways and boundaries that show the child how much it is loved.
That aside: I am looking for a professional literature agent that could be taking my work translated in English abroad. I, in the contract with my publisher (in Finland), own the copyright of the book and can sell it abroad just like that. With the click of the fingers, do you know people you could recommend to me or have somebody I could directly contact in my dream to get my poetry out there, for the world to see, be sold in real bookstores and circulate the English-speaking countries?