If you make it as a writer, it is highly likely that your relationship with a literary agent will be the most enduring and important of your entire career – so the decisions you make at this stage really matter! Nevertheless, it’s hard making those decisions because you are (for now) an outsider to the world of publishing and Planet Agent isn’t always good at helping you navigate. (more…)
Literary agents do not require any kind of upfront fee, any reading fee, or any other charge along those lines. They operate exclusively on the basis of ‘commission’ – that is, they take a percentage of any money they make on your behalf.
Each agency sets their own fees (and these are, in principle, negotiable, though few newbie authors heft to negotiate.) The normal pattern of commission is as follows: (more…)
A literary agent is the person responsible for selling an author’s work to publishers. Since virtually all big publishers refuse to accept submissions except via literary agents, nearly all writers wishing to be conventionally published will need the services of an agent. (more…)