A literary agent is one of the first people to enlist in your effort to get your book published. Having a good literary agent — one who has contacts with publishers who publish the type of book you write — goes a long way to giving you a chance to say, "Yes, I'm a published author." The following list contains some of the ways a literary agent benefits you:

  • Helps shape your proposal

  • Targets the right editor

  • Establishes instant credibility

  • Helps prepare sample materials

  • Uses influence with the publisher

  • Generates excitement among publishers

  • Sets the appropriate price for your work

  • Acts as your advocate throughout