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

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What an Agent Can Offer

An agent is your advocate, your point of entry to the proper publisher, and she fills the roles of negotiator, sales rep, and advisor about your books and career. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of going with an agent:
Agents know the publishing world. Agents have relationships with acquisitions editors at publishing houses. They know editors’ areas of interests and publishers’ needs and requirements. With their established access, it’s much easier for the agent to get a proposal read than it would be for an unagented or unsolicited work that arrives on an editor’s desk over the transom. After all, the editor knows and trusts the agent to present quality proposals in the subject areas she is interested in ...

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