What Does A Literary Agent Do?
Literary agents have been the historical gatekeepers to traditional publishers. They are in the business to sell books to publishing houses. They typically make 15% commission off your sales income. If you want access to the publishing houses that do not accept unagented submissions, then you’ll need to find the right agent to represent you. Traditional agent tasks involve being a conduit to the publishing houses, getting you the best possible deal, licensing rights internationally, getting TV and movie deals, and being general adviser and hand-holder. A good agent can form your career and also serve as a first line editor. The challenge is getting an agent to love your book so much she will offer you representation. Agents will turn down projects if they can’t sell them or it doesn’t fit their agency offering. The role of agents is changing, and I’ll cover the new trend in agents under indie publishing.
I'm a serious writer, meaning I have a regular daily writing habit, and I'm interested in sharing my work through publication. My favorite literary form is the novel. I write to entertain myself and my readers.