Thank you very much, Mike, for giving me permission to re-print the article - I hope that it proves useful to all the writers out there that read this blog (all five of them). :)
The Resnick/Malzberg Dialogues
Mike: There are a lot of misconceptions about agents.
One is that you can't sell without one. This is demonstrably
false; I think most of us sold our first novels without an agent.
Another is that an agent can sell an inferior book. Also
false. An agent can get your manuscript read faster, and can
probably negotiate a better advance (though you should remember
that if it's only 10% or 15% better, it's going right into the
agent's pocket), but no agent can make an editor buy an inferior
(Well, yes, they can -- but only if it's "You buy Joe
Phan's first novel or you don't get the new Stephen King/Tom
Clancy/Danielle Steele book." But while it's theoretically
possible, consider the reaction of King/Clancy/Steele when this
gets out -- and it always gets out -- and ask yourself just how
long Mr. or Mrs. Eight-Figure Advance would stay with such an
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