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Find a literary agent - Mission impossible or... ?

Sometimes being good in writing will not guarantee you success. Maybe no one will notice your book or you will receive a small amount of attention which is probably not going to be enough for you to reach your goals. When this happens, you can always try and be the lone wolf trying to go all the way to the top by yourself, but this may cost you dearly. The amount of effort you are going to put in trying to promote yourself and trying to get a good contract that suits your requirements should be spent towards trying to improve your book's overall quality or maybe even social media promotion. But how to save your time and find someone who can help you achieve your goals?

The answer you are seeking is a literary agent. But with this answer, there come a lot of other questions which we are going to answer in this article.

What should we know about literary agents?

There are many websites over the internet that are made especially for literary agents and their clients, when you look for an agent, you will have enough options to think about. But then, with this choice, comes great responsibility. You should not make a rushed decision and accept the first offer you receive. Out there is a huge world, a world full of people that might try and trick you, make you think that they are your best option, and then when you sign with them, they might just take your money and provide you with zero assistance and leave you with less money and even more problems to solve.

The perfect literary agent is the one with the most experience in the genre you are writing in because he will have the best knowledge. Another thing you might want to look for is an agent who is very good at negotiating because in this business you will always need a hand when signing a contract for the rights of your book.

Publishing agencies will always try to offer you less money as they would prioritize their profits rather than yours.

Every agent out there will have his own requirements and it is up to you if you are willing to fulfill them.

What are the benefits of hiring a literary agent?

There are lots of benefits of using a literary agent's services. One of them is being able to use someone's professional advice and experience in the sphere. A good literary agent knows all the details you need for publishing your book and becoming a successful author. Listen to what he/she has to say - it will probably be very useful for you. Your literary agent will also help you with book publishing and contract negotiations. He can get you the offer you want with his negotiating skills. A good agent will always try and do everything in his power to fulfill his client's wishes. Because he/she knows that one happy client will bring more, so it is in his/her interest to be of maximum possible assistance towards you and your book. Before signing with an agent you can try and contact some of his clients to find out more about him as a person and as a professional. Marketing is a key part of becoming a successful published author, your agent will help you with that as well. He/she has witnessed a lot of advertisement campaigns from which he can help you get the most successful methods for advertising your books.

Should you hire a literary agent?

The publishing business is one huge world full of different challenges and people who might try to bring you down, make fool out of you and your work. But there is a person who will always have your back, a person who will pave your way for success in this world. This person is your literary agent. Hiring one will be one of the best decisions you can ever make. You will have someone experienced by your side to guide you with your decisions, decisions that might be of the highest importance for your career as an author. Of course, it is always up to you - if you want to embrace all the challenges the world of books has to throw at you alone or with an experienced partner by your side. As we have always said, at the end of the day, the most important thing is your happiness. If you are happy, then nothing else matters.

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R. Janet Walraven
R. Janet Walraven

P.S. Thanks for the agent blog.


R. Janet Walraven
R. Janet Walraven

According to the Chicago Manual of Style, you no longer need to use he/she, his/hers, him/her. Instead, the acceptable usage is they. Even though it is a plural form, it is less cumbersome than using the slash, e.g. He/she knows... They know, referring to a singular person; Give it to her/him... Give it to them.

Just thought you'd like to know.

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