Read Part One: Benefits and Drawbacks of Agents HERE.
Do you need an agent?
Whether or not to pursue a literary agent is a personal decision based on what you need and what direction you want to take your book.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
What type of publisher do you want?
Small and indie publishers DO NOT require an agent.
Agent + “Big 5” publishers MAY = more positive response
How knowledgeable are you of the book industry?
Be willing to RESEARCH
Learn about CONTRACTS or get HELP
Put in the TIME
Are you willing to give up 10-15% of your royalties in exchange for the services an agent can provide?
The cost may or may not be worth the help.
There is no right or wrong answer.
Some authors do very well without an agent, and others have become successful thanks in part to the work their agents have done.