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Literary Agents: Do We Really Need Them?
After writing a book, as an author the next step is to get it published and hopefully by an outstanding and recognized publishing company. This will make it easier for you to sell your works and earn the income you richly deserve from all the hard work you have put into writing. Not to mention, it will be easier for you to carve your name in the literary industry if you are backed up by the reputation of said publisher. However, getting noticed by a renowned publisher is not as easy as it sounds, especially if this is your first attempt to get your book published and you do not have the necessary contacts or reputation in the literary world.
This is where literary agents come in; they will be the ones to make sure that your work will at least get read by the publishing company you are trying to approach. Moreover, they will help you in editing and revising your book manuscript, giving it a higher chance of being accepted and bought by a publishing company. They will also assist you in negotiating the terms of your contract with the publisher, and since they earn more if you do, they will ensure you get better deals like a higher book advance or a bigger slice of the royalty your book will generate.
Literary agents will also handle conflicts that may arise while you are dealing with your editor, leaving your own working relationship with said editor intact and unscathed and ensuring smooth working conditions in the present and in the future, which is very important. Literary agents could also help sell your book and your other written works to foreign markets, giving you the option to earn even more. Not only that, they will literally guide and assist you in every step of the book publishing process, making sure you do not create blunders that could cost you your career. Literary agents will also help you improve the quality of your work by giving you objective and sound recommendations you can use to develop your writing skills even further.
There are a lot of benefits and advantages of hiring literary agents, but in some cases, you really don’t need them or you could opt out and not hire one, especially if you are not considering getting your book published the traditional way by a major publication company. Also, if your literary work revolves around poetry, essays and short stories, it would save you time, effort and money to submit your works personally or self-publish your works instead of looking for literary agents to represent you since most literary agents won’t handle this kind of work and you would be hard pressed to find one who would do so. If you have contacts in the publishing industry that could help you get your book published by a well-known publisher and you have a working knowledge of how the publishing industry works (preferably an educational background or degree related to book publishing), then you could opt not to hire a literary agent and use your own resources instead.