Work of a literary Agent.
Publishing a book has become much more difficult than ever. Every year more and more people are taking on the task of writing a book. This coupled with the increasing competition and tightening market, writing hasn’t remained as relaxing as it was once.
Even if you are an extremely talented writer, you would not be noticed, much less be acknowledged for your talent unless you hold some special anchor with you. And a literary agent does that for you. Without, being represented by an agent you are like the thousands of leaves on a tree.
Now, a literary agent is an extremely busy person. They have to go through, heaps of manuscripts, thousands of emails and phone calls, dozens of meetings with editors and publishers before the work could be accepted and published. However, their job does not end here. They also have to keep a track on the publishers to make if the book is making a healthy progress through proper marketing and promotion, and that they are being given a true record of the sales. They also have to distribute the payments received from the publishers to the authors. So, that is a lot of work for one person!
Interestingly, your agent’s income is solely based on your success. Therefore, an agent would try their best to get you published. This leaves you carefree. Although, just like the publishers, the agents would not take any unnecessary risks to forward your work. They just can’t put too much faith in your work too soon.! After all, that could put their careers and reputation in trouble. Therefore, you must ensure that the you don’t give them even the tiniest room to reject your manuscript.
Finally, I would say that an agent gives a writer a real hope of seeing their name in print. More so, because the many roles they play. Having said all, even through the changing times, an agent’s importance does not fade.