I have heard that in the past you have a better chance of getting accepted by a publisher and getting a better deal if you have an agent. The agent could get you better deals for compensation and royalties than you could alone, but you also have to pay that agent. What I was wondering here is if the cost of your agent would outweigh the deal that he/she could get you with a publisher or would it be better just to sign with a publisher on your own, if you're speaking from a financial standpoint. Edit: I'm sorry if it sounds confusing. I'm having a hard time trying to say what I mean here.