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The Benefits of a Literary Agent

So, after long sleepless nights and tremendous hard work, you have finally finished your manuscript. You think it's ready for publication, preferably by a major publishing company. What do you do now?

The first and most practical thing is to get a literary agent. Although you can go about submitting your manuscript to different publishing houses on your own, there are a number of benefits to having a literary agent represent you. For one, un-agented submissions are usually given less priority as opposed to those that come with literary agents. And two, having an agent also makes it so much easier for you to deal with the complexities of contracts, terms of sale, royalty collection, and other matters that might take up valuable time.

In general, literary agents represent an assortment of writers including movie script writers, fiction, as well as non-fiction writers. They are required to be knowledgeable about the market in order to best represent your work to publishers, film producers, studios, and other production units. Are there different types of literary agents? The answer is yes.

There are different types of literary agents based on the nature of your written work, the kind of services they offer, as well as the size of the agency to which they belong. So it is important not just to pick an agent but to pick the right one. For example, a number of literary agents specialize in a specific genre or topic. There are agents who work exclusively with crime and detective novels. There are also some who only deal with science fiction titles. Other agents only work with niche topics. These literary agents are considered experts in their specialized fields. As such, they know exactly what they are looking for in a particular work, and they can easily tell whether or not your manuscript has potential.

Given the breadth of their knowledge, literary agents can provide valuable career advice that you can use to improve your current and future works. They can also serve as middlemen between you and editors, and help you in sorting out issues that you may have about your work and your contract. Literary agents can either work independently or they can be part of huge literary agencies with hundreds of author clients. Some notable literary agencies include Eldridge-Connors Literary Agency, Irene Goodman Literary Agency, and Loose Leaf Literary, among others. But regardless of whether they work alone or with the backing of a giant firm, reputable literary agents will always have the authors' best interests in mind more than anything else.

From finding the right publisher to negotiating sale and distribution deals, all the way to ensuring that payments are made, there are different types of literary agents who will be there to guide you every step of the way. Indeed, there are a lot of advantages to having your work represented by a literary agent. You just need to make sure that you pick the right one who will help you get started with your writing career.