I’m going to ask a question that my fellow self-published authors are going to be hard-pressed to answer: What is an agent?
I’ve read that agents make the author’s job much easier by finding a compatible editor and eventually, a publisher. The publisher cuts the author a check for the work, and everything else just falls into place. Then the author rakes in the royalty checks, minus 15-20% commission the agent receives.
But I’ve also heard that going with an agent isn’t the best way. The editors take control of your manuscript, you don’t have a choice with the cover, and you still have to pay for some of the editing and marketing costs.
So for any of you authors who have been published traditionally, what did your agent do for you? Did you get paid for your work, or did you pay to have your work published?
The reason that I ask is because I really want to publish my werewolf book traditionally. But I want to know what to expect if an agent does accept my work.