Even the biggest agents have fewer authors than publishing houses. Agents keep on selling rights long after publication.
Longtime authors, who've been with one agent for years, they love them, and don't understand how much better off they'd be with a competent agent.
It's nice when your agent is your friend and a sympathetic ear but if that's all they're doing for you? Get a new agent!
Agents who have such a bad rep several editors won't take submissions from them. Agents publishers like negotiating with because they make little effort to push up advances and give up rights etc.
I get it. I broke up with my 1st agent. It was hard.
But my 2nd agent? *Chef's kiss*
You shouldn't stay with an agent who isn't a huge fan of your work. They have to love your work to sell you well.
Never stay with an agent who just isn't that into you.
This business is hard enough without the additional hindrance of the wrong agent.
But if your agent always gives away world rights? That is a huge red flag.
Then they shouldn't be an agent. They're not doing a huge part of their job.
RED FLAG! RED FLAG! RED FLAG!
I've been in this business sixteen years. When I started out you had to use paper and stamps. Manuscripts were delivered by horse and cart.
Twitter was a mispronunciation of titter.
They've done the research, figured out which sites and accounts give the best advice etc. They've honed their query writing skills.
Few Australian agents have the clout to sell into the US market, which is the biggest English language book market.
That's all much easier with a good US agent.