WHY DO I NEED A LITERARY AGENT?
A few authors don’t have or need literary agents. However most do, not least because the big publishing houses won’t consider work that is not represented by an agent. It is worth remembering that publishers are companies not charities, and their prime motive is to make money. If they can do so by negotiating a deal that is less financially advantageous to their suppliers (that’s you) then they will – that’s part of their job. An agent’s job is to make sure you get the best deal possible, including the fine print.