Sending out your work . . .
The most thrilling and nerve-wracking part of writing is the submissions process. Whether or not you have an agent—and even whether or not you have a publishing editor who champions your writing—sending out work is both humbling and exciting.
For active clients whose manuscripts I’ve reviewed, I offer advice on the crafting and revision of submissions materials. I review queries, edit synopses, and help shape the pitch and genre selection of your work. My goal is the creation of the sharpest, most professional business document possible—while also creating the space for your project’s voice and energy to shine through.
Even with a superb query letter in your pocket, the querying process is extraordinarily long and hard. You should expect to query upwards of 50–100 agents, minimum. If that number seems daunting, then it’s important to define some parameters for your search. Will you query for X number of months? To X number of agents? Giving yourself specific guidelines can help you channel the necessary amount of intellectual and emotional resources to meet the challenge ahead.
To help clients use their time and energy effective, I offer targeted agent research for a specific manuscript. I do not offer this service to writers with whom I have not worked on the specified project. I need to be intimate with the voice, tone, plot/argument, and character/narrator stakes of the project if I’m to identify agents with a track record for successfully representing similar or comparable titles. All searches start from scratch, aiming for 10, 15, or 25 agent names and the specific reasons for querying their representation. For more information, please contact me to see if this is useful in your situation.