When Should Authors Start Submitting Their Manuscripts?

This isn’t an answer anyone is going to like, but it’s the truth: only the author knows when the book is ready to submit. I will say this, don’t ever send a query on a first draft. You should revise at least once (ideally a couple times) before you start submitting. Remember, this is likely […]

What Does Agenting/Publishing Look Like During Covid-19?

Agents are definitely still taking on clients right now! This is a crazy, strange time we’re living in, but agents are carrying on business as (almost) usual. Of course, some agents are closed to queries right now. Check agency websites as well as agents’ social media to be sure they’re still open to submissions. Many […]

Negotiating Manuscript Changes

When it comes to changes to your manuscript, it’s ultimately your decision to make them or not. I’m a very editorial agent, so I’m going to make extensive recommendations. I usually do this when I offer representation so the author knows what my expectations are for a revision. However, revisions are a conversation. If an […]

Is A Non-Form Rejection Better Than a Form Rejection?

I wouldn’t say one is better than the other, but I think one can be more helpful. A rejection that is personalized with feedback will give you something to consider as you continue to revise and tune your project. Of course, take that feedback with a grain of salt, because it might be personal to […]