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Own business: literary agency

At the moment, the publishing business is quite risky and has a long payback period. At the same time, the publisher is always interested in talented writers who can bring money to this publisher. The problem is that it is especially difficult to find a good writer today – a huge number of graphomania thinks he is the greatest writers, the publishing house receives a myriad of manuscripts, of which one per cent will not be acceptable. There is a problem on the other hand – because of the considerable number of applications received by the publisher, a good manuscript by a novice writer is often ignored, and the editors are forced to look at too much paper. Hence the need for literary agents – these people are intermediaries between writers and publishers, but they take upon themselves the responsibility to review, evaluate and even refine the manuscripts, they select promising works, and then send them to the publisher who is interested in them with the greatest share of probability.

A literary agent abroad is an integral part of the book market, but in Russia, as in many other cases, this area of ​​activity is in its infancy. However, this does not mean that in this country it is impossible to earn in this area, you just have to take into account a considerable number of features of this work. The most important feature – the agency often makes sense to open, if the agent is the entrepreneur himself, open an office that hires agents from the outside, almost always – obviously a losing business. Literary agency open minded, each of which will perform agency tasks; at the same time, it is likely that you will have to hire people to perform other tasks, but outsourcing companies can cope with this.

So, first you need to register as a business entity, for this you need to contact the local tax authority, while you can be just an individual entrepreneur, and you can arrange your legal entity. The best form is a limited liability company, because in this case a simplified taxation system will be available, which involves transferring to the state no more than 6% of revenues or 15% of operating profit. It must be said that the activity of a literary agent is exclusively mediation, which means that no special permits and licenses are required. Agency activity falls under the definition of services for the public, and even when working with foreign publishers do not have to get additional permits. That is, this process is unlikely to take too long, and it does not need to have too much money for registration; registration of individual entrepreneurship will cost from 800 rubles (the amount of state duty), registration of a legal entity – about 20 thousand rubles (this includes not only the amount of state duty, but also the authorized capital, which can not be less than 10 thousand rubles, as well as minor expenses on the design of a variety of papers). As a result, in a couple of months, all bureaucratic issues can be resolved.

When this stage is completed, you can start searching for premises for your agency; however, many similar firms work completely remotely, because they do not have to take customers in their office (or rather, you can do without it, at least in the first stages). Even agency staff can work from home. Today, writers find agencies (or agencies find writers) through the Internet, while negotiations with publishers are already taking place on their territory, which saves the entrepreneur from having to maintain an office. In extreme cases, it can be equipped at home or just rent a small room in some residential area of ​​the city. But there is another difficulty – today it is advisable to open a literary agency in large cities, where there are many publishing houses (these are, perhaps, only cities with a population of one million, or at least large regional centers), having previously studied the situation with publishing houses in your region. understand whether it makes sense to open a representation. But wherever the agency works, it will almost certainly have to work across the country (and even abroad in some cases), because even when working, for example, in Moscow, cooperation with St. Petersburg and even regional publishing houses is not worth it. Hence, it turns out that agents are constantly forced to go on business trips, some of them can only work in their own region, but the rest will almost certainly be spent a lot of time on the road. Thus, opening a representative office is not a necessity, but simply a way to conduct business in a more organized way.

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