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The Literary Agent -- an Idea Whose Time Has Passed?

A decade ago, publishing houses were closing their slushpiles, citing the cost of handling unsolicited manuscripts. So the advice for an aspiring novelist was to get an agent -- which meant that in effect agents were becoming unpaid slush readers. It also meant that shady agents cropped up like toadstools after the rain, happy to cater to those who'd do anything, no matter how desperate, to realize their dreams.

Now the rise of indie publishing has upended the traditional publishing system, and there are serious questions about the validity of the old advice to get an agent. Even established authors are questioning the validity of the assumption that one needs an agent.
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