I used to wonder if I'd ever get an agent, but now I'm wondering what one of those would do for me that I don't already do for myself.
I just agreed to -- signed paperwork to follow -- sell the French, German, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese versions of my debut novel, How the Strong Survive, to a European publisher. I am required to be involved and approve the translations, and my new publisher will pay my expenses for book release promotional tours. We are still negotiating the film rights to these "European Language" editions.
They also want my (sold but still in the production pipeline) Nick Schaevers PI series. Those discussions are in the initial stage.
I'll announce the publisher's name when the ink is dry on the contracts.
Not bad for a guy with no agent!
I asked, and the agents that responded told me that international discussions get the agent 20% for established authors, but 25% of unknown authors like me.
For 1/4th of my royalties, I want them to do a lot of the research for the novel and write some of the chapters.
Besides, authors I know have told me how agents often negotiate terms benefitting the publisher to the detriment of the author, in hopes for the agent being receptive in the future to other books the agent brings them.
I have "trust issues" with the whole "agent" thing. Maybe if one of them proved to me that they have human DNA, and are not a member of the loyal order of Selachi, I might let them represent me. Until then, I seem to be selling books to American and international publishers without an agent taking the "mordita" out of my royalties.
Just my $0.02