Authors have a lot of choices to make during the process of starting a novel to holding it in their hands. From which genre to write, to what happens in their story, to what to do after they’ve finished, nothing but endless choices. And, one of those choices is whether or not to find a Literary Agent.
Are agents important? Can an author get anywhere in publishing without one? Unfortunately, the confusion comes in because the answer to both of those questions is yes. While agents are important, not every author needs one. With that said, however, here are the top reasons you should consider finding a literary agent to represent you while you’re trying to follow your writing dreams.
While the world is full of thousands and thousands of Publishing Houses, University Presses, and smaller Press companies who don’t require a querying author to have an agent, there are a few of the well known publishing houses that do. If you have a dream of submitting to Random House, Harlequin, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster all require the submission to be from a literary agent.
ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS
Agents know every in and out in the publishing world. They know the rules, the terminology, and they know a good contract from a bad contract. Your agent will be able to help you every step of the way and answer all the questions that you might have.
FINDING THE RIGHT PUBLISHER
With all their connections with publishing houses and editors all over the world, agents will have the advantage when it comes to finding just the right publisher for your particular novel. Just because a publisher takes your genre doesn’t instantly mean they are the publisher for you, and an agent will help with your decision of finding not just the right one for now, but the perfect one forever.
KNOW WHAT WORKS
Because of their knowledge in the publishing industry, agents will instantly know whether or not your novel even has a place in the market. Unfortunately, just because an author thinks that their story is a good one, it just might not fit into what publishers are looking for at this moment in time.