Do I really need an agent?
Like a lot of things in life, it might be nice, but frankly (and contrary to popular opinion), no, it is not absolutely necessary.
I spent one full year working hard soliciting them, but in the end it was not a literary agent that secured a publisher for The Kabrini Message. At the end of that year I decided there was nothing to lose in my trying to go direct to publishers.
In addition to Query Tracker, which I had used previously, I joined Writers Market (www.writersmarket.com) and used the same query process as before, but tailored to publishers as opposed to agents.
DO NOT let anyone tell you that unless you want to self-publish, you MUST have a literary agent. Those are not the only two choices!
In the meantime, I am thrilled to say The Kabrini Message is being published (yes, without an agent, thank you very much!), by Etopia Press and I could not be happier! I am so very grateful for the opportunity and to everyone there. The staff and the warm and wonderful group of supportive authors at Etopia Press have been awesome! Thank you Annie Melton and Etopia Press for believing!
Do you absolutely need an agent? No! Who knew?
The Kabrini Message is due out in early 2013.