Literary Agents: What Are They?


In the past, I’ve talked a lot about how to write and rewrite a fiction novel manuscript. But unless you’re doing it just for the LOLz, you probably have aspirations of someday being published. Now, you might decide that self-publishing is the right thing for you. And that may or may not be true. It’s certainly been right for me to this point. But at some point, you may find yourself asking, “What are literary agents, and what can they do for me?”

Even if you want to maintain your independence and continue down the self-publishing road, answering those questions for yourself can serve to validate your decision to maintain your indie-lifestyle.

What are Literary Agents?

Literary agents have several main roles:

  • Select saleable manuscripts. Bear in mind that well under 1% of all submitted manuscripts are strong enough to sell.
  • Work with the author to get the manuscript in…

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