on the necessity of an agent

What Victoria Strauss talks about in her article “Why a Writer Needs a Literary Agent” probably won’t apply to people outside the U.S.  For those of us who live inside its borders though, this is very applicable.  When I was looking up publishers and weighing out whether or not it would be a good idea to get an agent or not when I haven’t sold anything yet, I found a lot of opinions on the matter.  For some, an agent screwed up their career and cost them money.  For others s/he saved them a ton of money and even created income in the contract.  And there were some who said they couldn’t get an agent even with a book contract in hand.  However, one thing stayed the same:  an agent, for those who want to be published by a major publisher here in the U.S., has become a necessity.  The wonderful thing about this article is that it explains why.

I’m still not sure if I want to get an agent.  In my genre, there’s still some publishers who will accept unagented material but after reading this and a few other articles on the subject…I’m still not sure.  I think it’s because I don’t know which direction I want to go yet in this “career”.  All I know is I have an urban fantasy novel and I think it’s good enough a publisher might want to print it.  We’ll see how it goes from there.


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