The literary agent business is changing, just as publishing is changing. Agents are looking for ideas.
Therefore, pitch your book to an agent, even if you have zero interest in a traditional book deal.
Here’s why: you need to focus on BOOKS rather than a single book. An agent will teach you that. Agents have their fingers on the pulse of publishing. The 10% or 15% you pay an agent is a powerful motivator.
These days, you need to think smart. Pitching an agent may be the smartest thing you can do.