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If You Self-Publish Do You Need a Literary Agent?

If you are planning to self-publish your book digitally, the quick answer to this question is no. However, if you want your book to be published in a traditional publishing house, it will be hard for you if you do it on your own. You will have difficulty in getting an editor to look at your manuscript or book proposal if you don’t have a literary agent. Here are some of the reasons why hiring a literary agent is a good idea.

A Literary Agent Knows the Right Editors

Most agents are experts in a particular genre or area of interest of books, such as children’s books, political treatises, women’s fiction, cookbooks and others. They also know the editors who will be interested in books in those areas.

Agents are Aware of the Trends in the Book Publishing Industry

One of the reasons why hiring a literary agent is a good idea is because the book industry changes constantly, just like all media, and the agent should be able to keep up with these changes. The industry is affected by cultural trends and technological advances. The agents know what the book editors are interested in buying these days.

An Agent Can Help You Create Your Proposal or Manuscript

You need to have a convincing book proposal or manuscript to make sure that the editor will pay attention to your book. The agent will help you in making sure that your book will be noticed by editors and thus increase the chances of getting it sold.

A Literary Agent Will Help You Get the Best Deal

Another reason why it is best to hire a literary agent is because the agent knows the worth of your manuscript in the ever-changing book industry. The agent can negotiate a higher book advance.

The Literary Agent Undertakes the Agreement Negotiation

With several subsidiary rights at stake and money associated with them, you need someone who has the expertise and knowledge in translating the book contract for you. The agent will broker the best agreement possible since the more money you make, the more money the agent will get.

Your Literary Agent Will Never Leave You

Publishing a book is a lengthy process. Your literary agent will make sure that everything is done properly. The agent can explain the strange and complex customs involved in the book publishing industry. The work does not end after the contract is signed; there is lots more work to be done. The agents know the process, and they will help their clients complete the process from book editing, to production, publication and marketing.

With the above reasons, hiring a literary agent to help you publish your book is the best thing to do. However, if you want to publish on your own, then you don’t have to hire one, not unless you can do it on your own. There are lots of literary agents out there; all you need is to find the one with the right qualities.