If you are intent on writing a book and becoming a successful author then you need all the help you can get. This may lead you to trying to determine if you need a book agent. Before making this decision there are a few things that you need to consider about a book agent.
Take some time before deciding on a book agent because you need to think about how you are going to publish your book. There are a lot more options available now for doing this. It used to be that the only way you could really become a successful author was to use the mainstream method for book publishing.
The mainstream method basically consists of sending your completed transcript to a host of publishing companies, and hope that one of them likes your manuscript and wants to publish it.
The other options are choices that are available to your via the internet. You can be a do it yourself publisher, or you can publish in E-book version, or publish on demand.
If you are going to go with the mainstream route then you really will want to rely on a literary agent to assist you. These agents are experts at dealing with publishing houses. They know which ones are going to be the most receptive to what you have to offer. These experts know the ins and outs of the publishing industry. They can save you a lot of time and money.
One of the more important roles that a book agent takes on besides getting you into the publishing company is being your contract negotiator. Once a publisher has decided to publish your book then its time to talk money. You have a much better chance to get a good financial deal if you have a professional negotiating this for you.