Writing your book — do you need an agent or a lawyer?

If you’re writing a book, you may think that you need an agent.

However, for some writers, a literary lawyer makes more sense.

FT.com / Arts & weekend / Magazine – The Washington insider who made Obama rich reports:

“Barnett’s business model doesn’t suit all authors. ‘I probably get 50 proposals a year I don’t make sense for,’ he concedes happily. ‘I make no sense for a first-time novelist in Vermont who’s going to get a $10,000 advance. I make better sense for Bill Clinton or Tony Blair or James Patterson.’ In the case of Patterson, who dependably produces eight best-selling novels a year (only actually writing a portion of them), the savings can run into tens of millions. Patterson, a former ad executive whose books earned $50m in the past year alone – only J.K. Rowling made more – left his third agent for Barnett early last year. And he probably doesn’t even need the full treatment.”

Fascinating article.

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.