With my first manuscript soon to be submitted to agents, my attorney wife bombarded me with questions that I could not answer completely. So, here goes: Are agents lawyers? Do you need a lawyer to review contracts? How do you negotiate deals with agents? Who follows up on deals agents make with publishing houses? If you have an attorney (as a spouse) do you need an agent? Do you haggle with agents for commission or is it industry standard? When/ how do you copyright your material? If an editor augments your work, do you retain ownership of material? I am not looking for answers to all of these questions in an itemized fashion, just a rundown of the traditional submittal process and the peripheries that don't arise in the simple google search "how to publish a novel."