Do we as writers, especially new writers, really need an agent right away?
I want an agent when I really have something to present that’s polished and well written. I feel that I would be spinning my wheels trying to get an agents attention if my project isn’t worthy. Not only that, I would have to share any profits. Is that me being cheap? Not sure about it, I haven’t had that experience yet.
According to an article from The Writer, Stephen King had this to say about agents in 1986:
An agent? Forget it. For now
Agents get 10% of monies earned by their clients. 10% of nothing is nothing. Agents also have to pay the rent. Beginning writers do not contribute to that or any other necessity of life. Flog your stories around yourself. If you’ve done a novel, send around query letters to publishers, one by one, and follow up with sample chapters and/or the manuscript complete. And remember Stephen King’s First Rule of Writers and Agents, learned by bitter personal experience: You don’t need one until you’re making enough for someone to steal … and if you’re making that much, you’ll be able to take your pick of good agents.
That was quite a while ago and so much has changed since then. I feel he has a valid point, new writers should wait and shop around with publishers first. None of us would be any worse for the ware.
Will you be shopping for an Agent first?
- JK Rowling was rejected 12 times – Get a good agent & up your odds (kitfrazier.wordpress.com)
- The Author Selects the Agent Scam (chazzwrites.wordpress.com)
- Writing Tips From Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ (kristinoffiler.wordpress.com)