It's tempting to think getting an agent is the hard part of getting published. After that everything else is going to be easy-peasy, right? Um, no. That isn't true even if you have a perfect manuscript and a great agent who believes in your work; a lot of work remains before your manuscript turns into a book, and some of it is yours. There's been a lot written about the editorial process once a manuscript has sold, but how an agent actually makes the sale is covered less frequently. Here's a great post from Jane Dystel at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management describing this part of the process. Hopefully, it will spark questions for you to ask your prospective agent before you sign on the dotted line.