…that is the question I am so sick and tired of thinking about. Should I submit on my own, or through an agent? Do I need an agent? Do I even want an agent? What are the pros? What are the cons? Sometimes I feel like a contestant on Survivor: Slushpile Island.
I’d like an agent for three main reasons:
- they have a better idea of who’s looking for what
- they can negotiate a better contract
- it’s just nice to have someone in your corner
But I’m hesitant for just as many reasons:
- I’ve experienced agents losing steam after only a couple rejections
- if I love a manuscript, but my agent doesn’t, it’s not going anywhere
- so far, I’ve had success getting read by “closed houses” without one
So when I decide on whether or not to seek an agent, the drama ends there, right? HA! The confusion then shifts to which one. But I’ve already narrowed my choices down to three. Two are agents I’ve had my eye on for some time, and I’ve spoken with authors they represent to help with the decision. Or, I could go back to an agent I used to work with who told me the door was always open.
The decision To Agent or Not to Agent would be a whole lot easier if all agents were surefire Immunity Idols against rejections.