literary agent

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Synonyms: publishing agent, agent

A person who represents an author in dealings with traditional publishers and other markets.

The services of a literary agent typically include finding markets for the author's work, negotiating contracts, ensuring payment of royalties, mediating in disputes, and providing career and business advice.

In exchange for their services, agents collect a percentage of the proceeds of any sales or contracts they negotiate.

Also see: traditional publishing, slush pile, advance, royalty.