I'm relatively new to this publishing business, so bear with me. I have completed my first novel and am looking to get it published. I am having trouble finding ways to submit it to publishing houses, and I am not familiar with query letters (who requires it) or even finding publishing companies who are looking. Does an agent make this process easier? Do they find publishing houses (and good ones) that are looking for your specific genre? Do they have resources that we cannot find ourselves? I am debating whether or not to get an agent to help me with the process. I don't want to give 10% of book sales to someone if I can do everything myself. In the event that my work does get published, does an agent continue to promote it and work on getting it into different book stores? I'm sure these questions are obvious to most of you, but this is a first time for me, so I would appreciate any advice. Thank you so much!