Do You Need An Agent?
Once upon a time, back before the turn of the century, it became necessary to have an agent to have your book considered by those publishing companies known as the Big 5. Due to the influx of authors and books that simply weren’t ready for publication, publishers realized they had to find a way to weed out those books that were either not right for their lines or needed revisions and/or editing before they were submitted.
Thus, authors turned to the submission process to find an agent, and it was born that all authors needed an agent in order to find a publisher. Once we arrived in the twenty-first century, the myth of needing an agent remained, even though there were soon online publishers who offered as much or more of a royalty for ebooks. Some even offered authors the opportunity to have their books in print, thanks to print on demand companies. Some authors continued the same trek to an agent’s website before submitting to a publisher. The world had become a smaller place. There were also new agents available to these authors, and they soon began to think they had the opportunity to be represented by someone who would ensure their book was promoted while they were slaving away on their next book.
The thing is many first time or mid-list authors really have no need for an agent. Agents, like publisher and authors, have changed in this new century. The world of publishing has gone through massive changes. With the ease of self-publishing, thanks to Amazon and other sales venues, an author might even decide they can do it all without someone else taking part of their royalties, only to soon discover a publisher might be more of an avenue they’re seeking after they discover the cost of editors, proofreaders, and cover artists. What is most important is that an author is now in control of who does or doesn’t represent their book if they want to be published.
About the K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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