Archive for the ‘Submissions’ Category

re: What Does “I Don’t Relate to Your Protagonist” Mean?

posted 6/13/18

Dear Editor…

What does it mean exactly, when an agent says they “don’t relate to the protagonist”?

Sincerely,
Jenn

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re: Should I Delete My Short Story from Wattpad When I Turn It Into a Novel?

posted 3/27/18

Dear Editor…

The novel I’m finishing is based on a short story I wrote last year, which won a medal in a Wattpad writing contest. Should I leave the story up or take it down since I’m planning on submitting the novel form? (The short story is basically the first two chapters of the book. . . but I’m already making revisions and improvements to those two chapters.)

Sincerely,
Wattpad Woman

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Re: Can You Stay True to Your Story If You’re Reading Others’ Stories?

posted 12/4/17

Dear Editor…

In a lit agency’s online submission form, I replied to question about comparable titles by saying I don’t have time to keep up with all the stories that are currently on the shelves. The agent replied: If I want to write middle grade fiction, I must read current middle grade fiction. She said immersing myself in it is the best way to capture the voice and pulse of these stories. I was always taught to write the story that I am comfortable with, my truth, my ideas. Not write what is currently hot now. Am I wrong on this? Should I be reading current MG? I don’t know how to fit in the time—I barely squeeze in the occasional adult novel, magazines, and Publisher’s Weekly. Most importantly, I don’t want to end up writing something that’s already out there. Thoughts?

Thanks,
Time-Crunched

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re: Can Self-Publishing Trigger a Book Deal?

posted 8/16/17

Dear Editor…

How likely is it these days for someone to self-publish a novel, only for it to be picked up soon after and re-published by a big publishing house?

Thanks,
R.

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re: Did Poor Self-Pub Sales Sink My Career?

posted 8/1/17

Dear Editor…

My agent didn’t have luck finding a home for my teen novels, so I decided to self-publish…but I now wonder if I should have waited longer. I wonder if I acted impulsively and made a mistake. I also broke with my agent (not because she couldn’t sell the work but for other reasons). To be honest, I feel as if I’m a boat drifting at sea as far as my writing career goes, which is sad to say at my age. A friend is encouraging me to try other agents/editors, but I’m not sure if I should contact them since the first book of my series and another stand-alone novel are already self-published and far from doing stellar. So…I don’t see the point in contacting them. Or do you think I still should?

Sincerely,
Confused

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re: OK to Submit to Agents During Summer?

posted 6/1/17

Dear Editor…

I’m nearly ready to submit my manuscript to agents, but I’m wondering about submission timing. Is Summer okay? Wait till Fall? Does it matter?

Sincerely,
To Wait or Not to Wait

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re: Do I Cite My Magazine Writing in My Query Letter?

posted 5/9/17

Dear Editor…

I’m currently doing a lot of writing for a trade magazine and have written for other mags in the past. Nothing published in the children’s market, though, which is the market for my middle grade novel. Some sources say mention all writing experience in cover letters to agents and editors. Other sources say only mention writing experience if it’s in the children’s market. I would appreciate your advice on this.

Sincerely,
Mag Writer

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re: Should I Stay Mum on My Magazine Writing when Submitting My Novel?

posted 9/28/16

Dear Editor…

I’m currently doing a lot of writing for a trade magazine and have written for other magazines in the past. Nothing published in the children’s market, though, which is the market for my middle grade novel. Some sources say mention all writing experience in cover letters to agents and editors. Other sources say only mention writing experience if it’s in the children’s market. I would appreciate your advice on this.

Sincerely,
Mag Writer

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re: Wait Till After Summer to Submit?

posted 6/27/16

Dear Editor…

I’m nearly ready to submit my manuscript to agents, but I’m wondering about submission timing. Is Summer okay? Wait till Fall? Does it matter?

Sincerely,
To Wait or Not to Wait

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re: Put Interested Editors on Hold While Seeking Agent?

posted 2/24/16

Dear Editor…

I want an agent and am ready to start submitting to agents. But there’s this: At a conference I got “special” permission from two editors to submit directly to them, bypassing their houses’ “no unsolicited submissions” policy. Should I submit to them first, wait, and then submit to agents? Or is it okay to submit to all at the same time? Would agents consider it a no-no that I’m submitting to two editors as well?

Sincerely,
Two Birds in the Hand

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