Is it true that I must have an agent in order to get my book published?

Many people are under the impression that they must first have a literary agent in order to publish their book. Fortunately, such is not the case in the current publishing environment. In the “old” days where only a handful of New York literary giants controlled the publishing world, it was near-impossible to get the proverbial “foot in the door” ¬†without the assistance of a well-connected agent.Sending your manuscript to one of those publishers would inevitably lead to your manuscript being shredded and a short “no thank you ” letter being sent to you.

This is not to say that you should not get a well-connected agent if one will agree to represent you, but the odds of that are extremely slim. The 15% cut of all of your future earnings that an agent usually requires may be worth it if it means that you can get into a major publishing house. Thankfully though, if you are not so lucky as to find an agent (or do not want to give away 15% of your earnings) you have other options. Like most authors today, you hold your fate in your own hands. You have the ability to submit your manuscript to a smaller publishing firm like Page Publishing in New York City that is more open-minded than the big publishers. By doing so, and investing in your own book, you will not only get to keep the vast majority of your book’s revenue, but you will have near-total creative control over all aspects of your books production- every single page will be under your control during the publishing process..

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