There are many barriers authors must face on their road to publishing their works, the largest one being penetrating the publishing forcefield. If you’re a struggling author, you may have encountered a publishing blockade that required you to have an agent before a publisher would even look at your work, and while it may have been discouraging, its a good thing so take advantage of this.
The main reason publishers often won’t accept unsolicited submissions from authors without agents is, simply put, filtering. Publishers have to go through hundreds of manuscripts which is an arduous task; most of that time is spent zeroing out horrible writing and unsellable content. This is where an agent come sin.
Agents won’t accept manuscripts if they are written badly, and they will also need to have a place to take the manuscript with a viable selling plan. Continue reading