Are you looking for a literary agent? Is your unsolicited manuscript ready to submit?
Perhaps you’re not quite sure if your manuscript is ready. How do you know if your work is strong enough to show an agent or publisher?
Maybe you have a finished manuscript, but you’re not sure about your synopsis. And what do agents and publishers look for in a query letter, anyway?
Many agents and publishing electronic submissions portals ask to see a writer’s first 50 pages, or first three chapters, in addition to your synopsis and query letter, before asking to see a full manuscript. If those pages don’t impress, they don’t want to hear from you again.
It’s incredibly harsh.
As a result, in most cases, you get just one shot with an agent or a publisher.
Wouldn’t it be great to get some feedback on your writing and query before you do, in case you don’t get another chance?
My Agent-Readiness Review gives unpublished authors an agent’s and publisher’s view of your unsolicited submission, without the high stakes of a rejection.
I will read your materials and tell you what an agent or publisher will probably make of it, so you can either go ahead with your manuscript submission, or choose to rework aspects of it before you do.
Either way, you will be able to submit your query or manuscript with more confidence.
What’s included in the Agent-Readiness Review
Here’s what I do:
First, I read:
- your first 50 pages/first three chapters (double-spaced, paginated)
- your cover letter / query email
- your synopsis and/or book proposal
Second, I provide a written report responding to all of the above, including:
- what’s working, what’s new/fresh/commercially appealing from an agent/publisher’s perspective
- what’s not clear – whether it’s your story, your point of differentiation in the market, or
- what’s missing from your submission that an agent or publisher would expect to see
- editorial red flags about your writing (eg repetitions, overly long sentences) that you should fix before submitting (or risk turning off your target immediately)
You owe it to yourself to give your work the best possible chance of success
It doesn’t matter what genre you write, or whether it’s literary or commercial in flavour: good writing and compelling storytelling is essential.
Don’t you owe it to yourself, and your dream of being published, to make sure your work is at the level an agent or publisher expects to see?
You won’t get an insider’s view from your writing group, or your online class, or your family and friends who all love your work.
As someone who has agented fiction and nonfiction, edited and assessed fiction and nonfiction, published two works of nonfiction, and knows many of the decision-makers in the publishing industry, I am uniquely placed to give you practical and constructive advice so that you make the best possible impression on your potential literary agent or book publisher.