How I Read Slush: 3 Lessons for Writers

Agents talk a lot about query letter writing and how we manage the slush pile. There’s the flip side of that too: once we request your material what happens? Well today, you get inside my brain. This is how I read requested material and how you make yours stand out: 1. I read on myContinue reading “How I Read Slush: 3 Lessons for Writers”

My Manuscript Evaluation Checklist

With all the submissions I get I use my intuition and my checklist to see how they fare. While it is mostly gut reaction I need the checklist to balance out my feelings so I can best evaluate the content and quality of the material I’m looking at. I’ve received some great queries lately soContinue reading “My Manuscript Evaluation Checklist”

High Concept: What is it? Do you need it? And how do you know if you have it?

High concept is something I repeated say I, and other people in the industry, am looking for. But what is it? My succinct definition is highly unique concept with mass-market appeal. This also relates back to my post last week on agents and editors not knowing what they want until they see it. I, as an agent,Continue reading “High Concept: What is it? Do you need it? And how do you know if you have it?”