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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Book Proposals & Query Letters by Coleen O'Shea, Marilyn Allen

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Do You Really Need an Agent?

The answer is yes, no, or maybe. If you’re writing fiction and aren’t self-publishing (discussed later in the chapter), you increase your chances of getting your proposal read if you have a literary agent. Some publishing houses will consider proposals sent directly from an author if the work is nonfiction. But every publishing house will accept agented proposals for nonfiction, so you up your chances of getting published if you go through an agency.
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A literary agent represents authors and their works to publishing houses. Literary agents assist the author in preparing their book materials; identify ...

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