As an author, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about hiring an agent to help you get your book published. It’s true that agents can be a valuable resource for authors. However, it’s important to remember that hiring an agent isn’t the only way to get your book published. In fact, there are a few reasons why hiring an agent might not be the best way for you:
Agents can be hard to come by
Finding an agent can be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. There are a lot of agents out there, but they can be tough to get a hold of, and they’re often swamped with submissions.
Agents take a cut of your earnings
If you do manage to land an agent, be prepared to give them a cut of your earnings. Agents typically take a percentage of your book sales and other income, which can add up over time.
Self-publishing is an option
With the rise of self-publishing platforms like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and IngramSpark, it’s easier than ever for authors to publish their own books. Self-publishing does require more work on your part. However, it can also give you more control over the publishing process and a larger share of the profits.
Hybrid publishing can be the best of all worlds
In addition to self-publishing and hiring an agent to get a traditional publisher, there are other options for getting your book published. These include working with an ethical hybrid publisher or author services company.
So if you’re considering hiring an agent to help get your book published, it’s worth considering all of your options. Agents can be a valuable resource for some authors. Still, they’re not the only way to get your book out into the world.
A writer is someone who writes. An author is someone who publishes. Are you ready to be an author?
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