I've heard a lot of mentions about agents on this on this forum and elsewhere, and I'm wondering if I really do need one. I've heard that having an agent might be helpful when getting a book published, but I'm not really planning to hire one. One reason is because I'm on a very limited budget and I'm not sure I can afford to pay one. Another is that I want to learn what I need to do for myself, and not rely on someone else to help get books published for me if I can help it.
Anyway. . .what do you all think?