Should You Hire a Literary Agent?

It would seem that the consensus of opinion recommends hiring an agent for traditional publishing. This is a big change from years ago. The change is based on three facts:

  1. The proliferation of home computers and rapid and on-going increase in the number of retirees, unemployed and under-employed workers have increased the desire and ease of writing a book.
  2. At the same time the consolidation of the publishing business by merger and acquisition has greatly reduced the diversity and number of staff editors at publishing houses.
  3. The general population in The United States is reading less and less from print. 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college. 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. 57 percent of new books are not read to completion. 70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance. 70 percent of the books published do not make a profit. (Source: Jerold Jenkins)

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