Aside from the obvious elements, like submitting your novel to publishers and negotiating your contract terms, the job of a literary agent can be a little more complex than you might think. Once you sign with an agent, you become a part of a team. Your agent is there to help you succeed, and some of their job duties might not be what you’ve expected them to do.
What are the other responsibilities a literary agent will take on?
While you won’t receive a full set of edits like you would with an actual professional book editor. Not only does an agent have insight into exactly what publishers want and are looking for, but also what really sells in the publishing world, and armed with that knowledge, an agent could help you tweak parts of your story to make them better and more presentable to a particular publisher.
HELP WITH CONNECTIONS
Perhaps you hired a freelance editor that didn’t go the greatest of job, or perhaps, you need some assistance in formatting or developing your website. No matter your needs, agents have connections all over the writing world and can get you some names and numbers of people that can help you where you need help.
Sometimes it’s hard to not get caught up in thinking that hands down you have a New York Times Best Seller sitting in your computer files. Of course, the reality is your novel could either be one or it could be a flop. No one knows and only time on the shelves can tell. And, with the unknown comes the reality that you need to keep your expectations out of the clouds and on the ground. Having a sounding board, such as an agent, will help you keep you settled on your path and keep your goals in your sights.