Why have a literary agent?

Literary agent: Reader, editor, manager, dealmaker, negotiator, therapist The primary reason for a literary agent is that as a writer, you can focus on the writing. Agents will handle the deals, the contract negotiations, and the general admin that comes with...

Gatekeeper or friend?

Literary agents are often perceived as the gatekeepers for the publishing world. There seems to be an image of us at our desks smiling as we gleefully strike down the dreams of aspiring writers. Well, first this image is inaccurate because we rarely have the chance to...