I have been extremely excited about the recent interest in writing and publishing. I am also equally as excited to see you have an interest in this literary agency. With that in mind, I have a fantastic high concept idea I would love to propose to you.
As you know, when writers submit stories to editors and agents, they are asked to not only submit a query, but often a synopsis and samples of their writing. This is certainly standard to all agents. What I propose, and I know this might sound a bit extreme, is for the writers submitting projects to demonstrate a knowledge of the business. This would include, but not be limited to:
- Knowing the guidelines for the editor and agent they are submitting to.
- Knowing what genre their project is and how it is something that is marketable to the public.
- Demonstrating the ability to follow directions when submitting.
- Submitting material that is grammatically correct and shows strong inherent writing skills.
- Displaying a level of professionalism and interest in learning and growing in the business.
While this might seem an outrageous idea, I would highly recommend giving it a chance. In the end, I see the success of this idea displaying itself in several ways:
- Less rejection letters for issues not dealing with the quality of writing.
- A decrease in money spent by both writers and professionals for correspondence back and forth.
- Happier writers and professionals when it comes to the writing process.
- A higher quality of writing being produced for the public.
Thank you again for your interest.