An agent can help a writer by getting publishers interested in your book, so learning how agents work is not only beneficial for you but for your book too. There must be a genuine relationship between the author and the agent. Otherwise your two heads will butt and your purposes will be different. Make sure before choosing an agent that both of you clearly discuss the goals behind the work of publishing your book.
Some agents will work with the author through suggestions and changes to make the book more appealing to publishers. You should always know what is being done to your story, which is why it is important to communicate consistently with them. A literary agent, Clare Wallace, stated it best: “An author should never edit something or change something if they don’t understand why, or see how it could improve or strengthen the narrative.” They should make sure your manuscript is “right for the market,” but they should not do anything without your approval or last word (Writers & Artists).
Since we know a little more about an agent, let’s break down how to effectively find one:
Agents can help your book reach a great potential with publishers that it might not have reached otherwise. But, making smart choices before settling for an agent can save you a lot of heartache and frustration down the road.
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McAllister, Gilly. "10 Steps to Getting a Literary Agent." How to Find a Literary Agent. Writers & Artists, Web. 15 May 2017.
Crispin, A.C. "HOW TO FIND A (REAL!) LITERARY AGENT." SFWA. Web. 15 May 2017.
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