by Nancy Schad

Question: I've decided to self-publish, Is it still a good idea to have a literary agent?

Answer: The job of a literary agent is to find a publisher for your book. If you are self-publishing, you don't need an agent.

Of course, there are other professionals you should hire when self-publishing. You definitely want an editor. Everyone needs an editor, no matter how good a writer they are.

You will also need a book designer -- who will design not just the front cover but the back cover and inside pages.

(The two biggest problems with self-published books are lack of editing and poor designs.)

You will need distribution channels and (if you're not a publicist) an effective publicity and marketing plan -- and possibly people to help with these.

But agent? No.

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