Archive for the ‘Submissions’ Category

re: Should I Skip the Agent’s General Submission Address?

posted 1/13/16

Dear Editor…

I want to query an agent I queried two years ago, and I’m not sure who to address it to. She liked that first manuscript and asked if I could wait a few weeks to meet with her to revise it. In the end, we did not meet and she rejected it because she didn’t think she could sell it. Now I want to query her on a new project. However, the agency’s guidelines are to send queries to their general email. Since she probably remembers me (my name is unusual), can I send it to her email and the agency’s general email, and address the query to her? Or should I just send a general query so it doesn’t look like I am purposely not following their guidelines?

Thank you!
Anonymous

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re: The Whooshing Sound of Exclusive Deadlines Passing

posted 9/23/15

Dear Editor…

Super Agent requested my middle grade novel on an exclusive basis, but did not specify a time frame, so I offered it for six weeks. Six weeks have passed with no response, and I’d like to begin sending my novel elsewhere. Should I ask them if they need more time, notify them that I am now querying elsewhere, or keep silent and do as I please?

Thanks,
J.

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re: Submitting Finished Art with Picture Book Manuscripts

posted 8/26/15

Dear Editor…

Do I need to have illustrations finished for a picture book before I try to sell it? How does that work?

Sincerely,
Heather

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re: How Do I Respond to an Agent’s Status Update?

posted 6/16/15

Dear Editor…

After I’ve written an agent regarding a status inquiry on a full request, if that agent gives a timely, chatty response about how far into my manuscript she is, how should I respond — or do I wait patiently until they are done reading to respond?

Sincerely,
W.

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re: Wait for Agent or Enter Contest?

posted 4/29/15

Dear Editor…

For several months I had planned to enter a YA novel contest with a small Indie publisher. The window to do this is from May 1 to June 30. Recently I was asked to submit a full of this same novel to a requesting agent that I thought was a no response. The contest is for unagented authors. How do I handle this if don’t hear from agent before the deadline?

Sincerely,
Unagented But Hopeful

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re: How Much Do I Tell a New Agent about My Old Agent?

posted 3/29/15

Dear Editor…

My agent and I recently came to a parting of the ways. If that comes up in response to queries—say, the new agent wants to submit to the same markets the old agent submitted to—how should I handle that?

Sincerely,
Anon.

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re: How Do I Break Into Picture Book Illustration?

posted 2/19/15

Dear Editor…

How on earth do I become an illustrator?

Sincerely,
Troubled in Texas

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re: How Do I Respond to an Agent’s Status Update?

posted 1/5/15

Dear Editor…

After I’ve written an agent regarding a status inquiry on a full request, if that agent gives a timely, chatty response about how far into my manuscript she is, how should I respond—or do I wait patiently until they are done reading to respond?

Sincerely,
Wendy

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re: Are Footnoted Illustration Notes the New Vogue?

posted 12/3/14

Dear Editor…

I know illustration notes should only be used when absolutely necessary in picture book manuscripts, but I do have a few manuscripts that need them. I’ve recently seen them noted as footnotes rather than italicized text between brackets. What do you think of this?

Sincerely,
Wendy

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re: Any Hope for Non-Artists Submitting ABC/Other Concept Books?

posted 11/3/14

Dear Editor…

Is there any point in submitting a concept book such as ABC, colors, numbers if you are not an illustrator. I have a great idea but I am concerned that editors/agents will think my contribution to the end product was not significant enough. What are your thoughts on this?

Sincerely,
Laurie

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