When I first decided I wanted to write-- like actually, seriously write-- I realized I would have to learn as much as possible about the publishing world and the way things work. So I jumped right in. I read agency websites, I started following agent blogs, I connected with other writers, I formed my own blog. And I wrote.
When I finished my first manuscript, I made a list of agents and began querying.
I never submitted to any publishing houses, despite researching and finding several I thought might like my book.
I wanted an agent. I don't understand contracts even a little bit, and I don't think I could negotiate my way out of a box.
But what about that 15% they take? Wouldn't you be better off going straight to the publisher?
Psh. What's 15% when they've helped you with revisions and now you stand a chance to actually sell? What's 15% when they have all these awesome publishing contacts and they submit for you? What's 15% when they negotiate a book deal twice the amount you would have settled for?
I don't have an agent yet, but as I start thinking about who I might query with my newest ms, it strikes me that I never thought to query publishers directly. I've always wanted to go through an agent.
Which made me wonder...
What are you opinions on having an agent?
Do you definitely want one?
Or do you want to query publishers directly and deal with everything yourself?