Editor? Agent? Lawyer? How do you choose which is right for you? The answer depends on what you need and what it’s worth to you.
New York publishers are commonly viewed as the Ivy League of the publishing world. Unless you are extremely lucky, you’ll need an agent to gain admittance there.
But just as the Ivy League, a large university, or any college at all is not the best choice for everyone, not all books are suited for New York. You and your book may be better served by a smaller publisher who will devote more time to you.
What if you submitted directly to a publisher and received a contract. If, and this is a big if, do you need an agent who will collect 15% of your earnings if the only thing that agent can do for you is review the contract?
Choosing a lawyer to negotiate a contract can be expensive, too. How can you keep that cost down?
Jane Friedman has 20 years experience in the publishing industry as a publisher, author, consultant, and teacher. Check out her advice here..