“You must get an agent!” is advice that aspiring authors hear and read everywhere. Is it really true? Not for Canadian writers!
Beacon Literary Services owner Julie Ferguson says: “Publishing statistics in Canada demonstrate that it is simply a misconception caused by American influence.
In Canada, only ten percent of books are agented. Aspiring and established authors here successfully submit the majority (10,000) of the titles published every year directly to editors.
US writers face more worrying odds – 80% of all books sold there are agent-ed.”
Julie Ferguson wrote a great blog post for Canadian authors, explaining in detail how publishing “north of 49th parallel” works, with a link to Publishers.ca, featuring listings and contact information for several important literary agents and agencies in Canada. Read her interesting and compelling blog post if you live in Canada or want to be published there.
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