literary agent

What is literary agent?

literary agent meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

An organization or person in the business of offering professional advice to writers on the suitability of manuscripts for publication. An agent may also provide guidance and/or assistance in locating and selecting a publisher, negotiating a book contract, arranging the sale of subsidiary rights, and handling the business of authorship in general, usually in exchange for a commission paid by the author or a portion of the proceeds derived from the work. A literary agent may also act on behalf of a publisher to find works to fill a specific need. Not all authors use an agent; some prefer to deal directly with the publisher. Directory information for literary agents is available in the reference serials Literary Market Place and Writer’s Market.


reference: ABC-CLIO