I wanted to do a quick post about agents. Many writers at some point in their career ask themselves--Do I need an agent?
Short answer - No
Long answer - No, but you might really want one.
A good agent is the surest way to be certain that your manuscript will end up in the hands of an actual editor, and not just any editor, the right editor.
What does an agent know that can help me?
~ Agents know contracts and protect your rights
~ Agents negotiate better deals
~ Agents may help edit your manuscript
~ Agents can be a friend, therapist, or cheerleader
How do I find an agent that is a good fit for me?
~ when you finish that, RESEARCH some more.
Treat writing as a career
~ What you put into it is directly proportional to what you'll get out of it
~ Sign up for Free Lunch on Publisher's Marketplace, and follow trends in your market.
~ Bottom line - Know Your Trade.
What makes for a good writer/agent relationship?
~ Do they love your work? (most important thing!!)
~ Could you make it on eHarmony? ;) or do you have similar personalities?
~ Is the communication good?
~ Are the expectations established on both sides?
I'm sure some of you have things to add. Feel free! These are just some things I've been pondering lately :)