Why I stop reading your manuscript

As you know agents don’t have time for reading things that don’t grab us. So what is it that makes us stop reading? Characters are not compelling I have to be on board with the main character. I have to feel like I understand them and are strongly invested in their journey. If I amContinue reading “Why I stop reading your manuscript”

Manuscript Reading: Don’t assume we’ll read it right away, or at all.

You spend two years writing a novel. You start submitting it to agents. You get some sample material requests. And it disappears into the abyss… Or so it seems. What happens behind the scenes is different in each situation and different for each agent. If we’re excited we might push it to the top ofContinue reading “Manuscript Reading: Don’t assume we’ll read it right away, or at all.”

Why don’t agents comment on the manuscripts they pass on?

This is a tough one. Every agent feels differently about this, but my general philosophy is this: if I wrote up notes while I was reading the manuscript, I’ll pass them on, but if there are so many issues in the manuscript that I can’t tackle effectively in an editorial letter while balancing the workContinue reading “Why don’t agents comment on the manuscripts they pass on?”