Monday, December 19, 2011
So ... You Have an Agent ... What Does That Mean?
The one question I received more than any other this weekend (from non-writerly-people) was, "I heard you got an agent. Congrats. But, so, you have an agent ... what does that mean? Can't you just go onto Amazon and publish your stories without an agent?"
Well, I'd like to answer this way, "It means I get to jump around the house and dance all day."
Right. I suppose I could have done that before signing a contract with an agent. But, it is simply so much more fun WITH one.
Okay. Maybe I'm still a little too giddy with joy to write a realistic post about anything. :)
But, I'll try to answer the question.
Here's what it means to have an agent:
1. Validation. Someone who works in the publishing industry thinks my manuscript is of worth. (yeah, yeah, I know ... I should reach deep within myself and find value with my own self-worth ... whatever.)
2. One Small Step (in the publishing industry) One Giant Leap (for the writer trying to break into traditional publishing) ... I'm one step (leap) closer to my goal of having my manuscript published and on the shelf in a book store.
3. Cheerleader. I have an agent on my side cheering me on and shouting to others about the story I've written.
4. A Ticket to the Party. An agent gives me access to editors and publishers that I didn't have prior.
A few of you have asked various questions in the comments of the previous post, and I will be thrilled to tell you more of the story. Check back for a more-down-to-earth-with-less-dancing post Wednesday. :) Well ... maybe I shouldn't make promises ... I'm kinda enjoying the writerly high I'm flying on ... haha!
What about you? Do you have an agent? Want an agent? Or do you think they're unnecessary?