“The Call” Reversed: What agents like to know about potential authors

Authors are usually busy studying up for “the call” (an agent reaching out via phone to offer representation) when they know it’s on the horizon. It’s an exciting time for authors and agents! Resources are everywhere and there are many great guides to “the call” including these: Questions to Ask Your Prospective Literary Agent WhatContinue reading ““The Call” Reversed: What agents like to know about potential authors”

Why Agents Pass On Material They Say They Are Looking For

Many writers on Twitter know how great #MSWL is. It’s a hashtag where agents and editors can list what they’re looking for. (P.S. For those of you not on Twitter there are two blogs that post them: Agent And Editor Wishlist & MS Wishlist.) Many agents also list on their websites what they’re actively looking for, too.Continue reading “Why Agents Pass On Material They Say They Are Looking For”

“Is it my query or my sample pages?” Why you are not getting full manuscript requests

One of the most common, and most subjective, questions I get asked at writer’s workshops is: “How do I know when it’s my query or whether it’s my sample pages that are stopping me from getting full manuscript requests or offers?” Ultimately, every circumstance is different, but in my experience the situations look like this: WhenContinue reading ““Is it my query or my sample pages?” Why you are not getting full manuscript requests”

Ask the Agent: Your Questions Answered! Part IV

Question from Renee: I sent a query letter into an agent that looked fine on my screen but when I looked to see what it looked like it was all scrunched together. Are agents forgiving of computer glitches? Subjective question, but in all honesty these are things you should be checking before you send themContinue reading “Ask the Agent: Your Questions Answered! Part IV”