A story is merchandise that goes hunting for a buyer.
This is going to be the shortest chapter on record.
To sell stories, do three things:
- Study your markets.
- Get manuscripts in the mail.
- Keep them there.
What about agents?
An agent is a business manager for writers.
If you have a business to manage - one that makes a solid, consistent profit - an agent can be invaluable to you. If you haven't, why should he waste his time?
One agent, Paul R. Reynolds, has written a book called The Writer and His Markets. It covers the waterfront.