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.