Quote Originally Posted by R.A. Lundberg View Post
One thing any author should have is access to a good intellectual properties attorney. I don't care if you have an agent or not, before you sign anything you should be having your IP attorney give it the once over. So many authors have been screwed over with bad contracts that a simple $50 or $100 fee would have detected and stopped cold. This is a business, and you can't go wrong treating it like one.
A good agent will tell you if your contract is good or not, and will do so much more for you besides.

An IP lawyer will only tell you about the legal issues in your contract. He or she won't negotiate that contract, or work out how it might affect you, or show you how it could be improved.

Give me a good agent any day.