Requerying – Is it worth resubmitting?

An agent has given you personal feedback on your query, but it’s a no.  Do you resubmit?  It is very discouraging for an agent to give personal feedback to a writer, and then to receive a revised manuscript a week or two later. My initial impression is that...

What does a literary agent do?

When I’m asked “what I do”, I find it difficult to explain. My husband often helpfully chimes in, literary agents are like Jerry Maguire, but for books. (Although, this is quickly becoming a dated reference).  And I think that’s probably one of...

How a book is published

How does a manuscript become a book? How is a book published?  This is how the traditional publishing model works – as a writer, you have the copyright in your work. You license your copyright to a publisher.  In traditional publishing, these are the major...

Querying mistakes

When you query, you are approaching an agent, you are making a pitch for something very valuable. Their time.  Agents read unsolicited manuscripts outside of office hours, so imagine that the person reading your work is stressed, tired, probably easily distracted....

Querying – don’t give a reason to say no

I once attended a conference panel where an agent said that when he was reading unsolicited material, he found that he was looking for reasons to say no.  We receive dozens and dozens of queries each week (and these are read on the commute home, on the weekends, after...

Why do agents take so long to respond?

Most writers will say that one of the most difficult things about querying is the waiting period.  The primary reason an agent has not responded is simple, a lack of time. They probably have not had the time to read the cover letter or manuscript.  Ideally, a query...