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The Literary Agent as the Writer’s Best Friend
Do you want to sell your book in a stress free way? It might be time for you to find someone who can introduce your writings to publishers. They can act as a bridge between you and the potential publisher.
Indeed, finding a literary agent can be costly but they would greatly help you in marketing your work. That is why some people prefer to sell or introduce their work to their friends who have connections in the literary world. You can check or seek advice from other fellow writers in your category and ask them if they can give you a referral to an agent. Going through an agent is the fastest way to get published. Of course, you first have to make sure that you have something worth publishing. Be ready with a good draft and your agent will do the rest.
Here are some advantages and disadvantages that may help you decide whether or not to find a literary agent:
has knowledge of the publishing world
advises the writer what to do and not do
promotes your works to a publishing company
can proofread your works
can provide referrals
with commissions from the total sales, meaning they get a part of your total sales.
need to present a sample portfolio to serve as an introduction of your work.
Via Internet (online selling)
can claim the complete profit.
prone to scamming
it takes more time
need to have interesting advertisement with an appealing tagline.
need to have a regular internet connection
Friends (who have connections in the market)
free of charge
cannot guarantee that they can assist you since they do have other priorities to attend to.
Nowadays, there are many competitors in the publishing world. Getting an agent can help you maximize your time because while they are looking for a buyer, you can start your next book. As a result, more volume of books can be produced.
Since they have connections in the industry, they know what topic is in demand in the market and what is not. They can help you to become profitable and at the same time they can earn their fee.
It is true that your manuscript can be rejected most of the time. Don’t lose hope. This is normal. You can still send to other agents. But the most important thing is they can provide you with assistance.
So would you still consider in getting an agent? Yes, why not. Make writing your daily habit. Who knows, this can make you a popular author one day.