Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tip Saturday - Tips for Querying Literary Agents

Literary Agents guard the door the traditional publishing world. They don't have an easy job. While most of us authors are kind hearted, some are miserable. What I find is that writers who are just starting out are more sensitive about their work and it's harder for them to take criticism, even well meaning. I can honestly say I was a bit like that.

It's not easy to take criticism about your "baby."

But I'm talking about querying and literary agents. Here's my tip for day.

TIP -- Don't query until you've edited the manuscript an inch from it's life.

Why? Because you don't want to send the agent a project that's full of mechanical mistakes. That doesn't impress. Make your project is FINISHED before you start to look for agents to represent you. And make sure it is polished and shined. Do an edit for mechanical issues before sending it off. Remember, you want to impress and the best way to do that is to have a FINISHED project that is SHINY and WELL EDITED.


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