My sources tell me there has been some discussion about agents elsewhere on the Internet. I have nothing to add, since I don't have an agent. Nor did I read any of the comments from authors who presumably do, because I've been thinking...for years...sort of the way I used to think for years about going to graduate school...about looking for an agent.
I'm not looking forward to the hunt, anyway, and I certainly don't want to hear that having an agent isn't going to make my life one hundred percent easier, better, and more rewarding.
Having a [great] agent is going to make your life 87 percent easier, better, and more rewarding!
You really should get an agent, Gail. The 15 percent commission mine gets is more than made up for the increased advances and royalty rates she usually negotiates, and I don't have to worry about finding the best publishers for my books, and she even critiques my work when I want her to and holds my hand (uh, figuratively) when I need her to. Plus, she works with film agents and I came really close to getting a TV option on one one my books. (We were on the counter-counter-counter offer when the writer's strike hit and it fizzled out. Sob!)
Depending on what happens in the next couple of months with one particular project, I will be beginning the search. I'm thinking of it as being like dating--you hunt for agents at bars or at services or maybe your grandmother tries to fix you up with somebody.
My grandma fixed me up on a date once. Once. Never again!
Try agentquery.com instead.
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