Question & AnswersCategory: Generalthe-cost-of-a-literary-agent
Shara asked 5 years ago

Hello to the Greenhouse team.  I am looking at finding a literary agent to help me publish my first book (I am still a university student), and I was wondering what the actual cost of having a literary agent is?

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Chelsea Eberly Staff answered 5 years ago

Thanks for your question.  By ‘cost’ do you mean how much do you have to pay?  Generally, there shouldn’t be an ‘upfront’ cost.  Rather, agents take a commission from an author’s earnings once the author has a book deal.
If you have a look on the Society of Authors website, it will give you a lot of objective help and advice on what to expect from an agent, what is standard within the industry and what sort of commission rates etc are standard amongst agents.