Friday, June 20, 2008


This one is really simple today.

Ask questions.

Simple as that. Ask questions.

Writers need to have the nerve to ask questions of agents and editors when they get a chance to. Make sure that you are clear on what they are looking for and what their likes and dislikes are.

Along the same lines, take the time to really investigate how they do their business. Now, in the case of editors, there might not be that much of a difference, but when it comes to agents, this is where good investigative researching and questioning comes into play.

Remember that many of the questions can be found on the agency's websites or their submission material, but if it isn't take the time to really ask those serious questions. Go beyond the simple questions of contract information. Start looking for how they do business. This will give you a lot of information that you need to make quality decisions.

The things is, there really are no stupid questions. Actually, I do need to re-phrase that. There are stupid questions. Those would be the questions that have already been answered on the FAQ sheets, or those that are simply pointless such as the page count issue. Other than that, ask away.

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