Q: When’s the best time of year to submit to an agent?

A: The pace of publishing changes between seasons. Agents have to be sensitive to the time of year when submitting to projects to editors. Book Fair months are far too busy–April (London Book Fair) and October (Frankfurt Book Fair) for adult publishing and March (Bologna) for children’s publishing. The summer is another time of yearContinue reading “Q: When’s the best time of year to submit to an agent?”

Why simultaneously submitting to very small presses and literary agents is not working

I’ve seen an upswing in authors simultaneously submitting to very small print presses and e-publishers as well as literary agents. I’m going to share my frustrations with this practice. I understand that writers are looking for a ‘win’ in a sea of rejection and to get themselves bumped up in the slush pile, but thisContinue reading “Why simultaneously submitting to very small presses and literary agents is not working”

Here’s Why I Don’t Represent Middle Grade

I get a lot of queries for middle grade because I sell and represent YA and picture books. I have skipped over representing middle grade and I’ll tell you why. It’s not because there isn’t a terrific market, or great editors, agents, and authors–because there are some great people working in MG and there areContinue reading “Here’s Why I Don’t Represent Middle Grade”

Agent response times

If agents offer responses to queries and requested material (4 to 8 weeks is standard) it might seem like a long time to wait. You’ve just sent them the most important document you’ve ever written! (Or something to that effect…) Here’s why it’s worth the wait: Not only are agents trying to balance incoming queriesContinue reading “Agent response times”