Are Agents Worth It?

scalesAccording to nearly 81% of authors, they are. These results come from the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Survey.

Authors also believe agents have a better chance at landing them a movie or foreign rights deal and help them get better deals with publishers.

Unsurprisingly, authors don’t believe agents are helpful in the self-publishing process.

More and what it means.

Related: 2014 DBW and Writer’s Digest Author Report


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