Archive for the ‘Submissions’ Category

re: Can My Small Press Book Get a New Life with a Big Publisher?

posted 4/10/14

Dear Editor…

I have a book published by a small press. It was never reviewed by any of the major kidlit reviewers prior to publication. However, an editor at one of them later told me she would have reviewed it had she known it wasn’t self-published. The book received positive reviews. I’m working on new projects, but still feel this project didn’t get its best shot. Is there a process for submitting a small-press book to large publishers when sales have not reflected the book’s potential?

Thank you,
M.

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re: Dare I Tell an Agent to Hold That Offer?

posted 4/1/14

Dear Editor…

If you send your manuscript to several agents and one offers you representation, what’s the best response? Is there an appropriate time frame to ask for so you can hear from the others?

Thanks,
Linda

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re: How Manuscript Auctions Work

posted 3/5/14

Dear Editor…

Can you explain how manuscript auctions work?

Thanks,
Laurel

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re: What to Say to the Agent Who’s Had My Manuscript a Year?

posted 2/7/14

Dear Editor…

A well-reputed agent has had my full for almost a year now. I’ve nudged her once and she says she hasn’t read it yet. Her policy is to inform her if you receive rep elsewhere on fulls she currently has. I’ve received many rejections for this ms already – I’ve been told it’s a tough sell because it has a dystopian vibe – and personally, I want to shelve it. I’ve been working on another ms in a different genre and plan to query that soon. What happens if I’m offered rep for the new ms that’s in a different genre? How do I inform this first agent who still has my old full (when it’s a completely different ms)? Will she be upset that I want to go with someone else? But I can’t sit around waiting for her forever. What’s the most professional way to handle this without burning bridges?

Thank you!
M. L.

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re: I Don’t Know What to Make of This Agent’s Letter

posted 2/5/14

Dear Editor…

When querying by email, it’s hard to know if an agent’s response is a form letter or a personal note. This came to me recently: “Thank you for sharing your work with me. Right now my list is full but I invite you to query back in two months. Thanks for thinking of me.” I’m guessing this is more of a form letter response. Am I right?

Thanks,
B.

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re: Can I Use a Symbol in My Title?

posted 1/27/14

Dear Editor…

The title of my current WIP is the name of a fictional corporation, followed by ™. I’m concerned that, in queries, this will look like I’m trying to protect my title from the agent or editor — which I know is a very unprofessional thing to do. How do I clearly communicate that the ™ is part of the title?

Thanks,
Darin

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Re: NaNoWriMo a No-No?

posted 11/18/13

Dear Editor…

I am doing NaNoWriMo and am doing surprisingly well! I was looking up NaNo fun (proscrastinating) when I stumbled upon something from another editor saying that they won’t publish anything from NaNoWriMo. They called it stupid and useless! Is this true? I understand not publishing something on December 1st, but can a novel from NaNo still be good if edited properly?

Sincerely,
Still Just a Teen

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re: Must Manuscripts Be Done for Agent Conference Critiques?

posted 10/30/13

Dear Editor…

I submitted a query, synopsis, and first 5 pages of my YA novel to be critiqued at a conference. I wasn’t thinking anyone would ask for it—just wanted to see if I was on track with the revisions my freelance editor suggested. I must be, because the agent asked for the full. It’s not done. Do I fudge—say I sent it to the freelancer and am in the process of revising…it won’t be ready until the new year? Or admit I haven’t written the whole thing? I hate to lie, but I’ve heard admitting you haven’t written whole thing is the kiss of death. Will agents even wait that long for something?

I’d appreciate your advice,
Happy But Worried

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re: Do Agents Ding International Queries?

posted 10/21/13

Dear Editor…

How hesitant are agents to take on new writers from another country? Are international queries second choice when pitted against local ones?

Thank you,
Writer in a Faraway Land

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re: Is Teen Too Young to Publish?

posted 10/8/13

 

Dear Editor…

I’m a teen and my dream is to be an author. But in the past year it has started to become more of a reality. I have written a rough draft of a novel and have begun revising. But I don’t know whether I should go on. Is it too risky being a teen in this market? Should I wait for my dream when I’m older? Thank you so much! Bye.

Just A Teen

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