Do you have an agent? Do you think they are vital to an author’s success? I believe the need for an agent and publisher is changing dramatically with the digital movement. One of the things most attractive to an e-publisher, like myself, is that I control how the book is marketed. Maybe even more important, is having freedom from being dictated to write in a set formula for my genre. For example, an agent would tell a writer that in order for a suspense book to be successful, there has to be a dead body on page one and the book would have to follow a set formula for the genre.
My novel begins with a definite lack of dead bodies but raises a question about why abused women are going missing in such high numbers. Against typical expert advice, my suspense builds as the novel progresses rather than slapping the reader in the face with it in the first four chapters. Some readers will like that and some won’t.
In e-publishing, there are no rules. Set formulas and genres have become a thing of the past, most evident by the many cross-genre books that are so popular today as eBooks.