There's been a lot going on behind the scenes here at Sub It Club lately. Our blog is getting bigger and better. Today we are very excited to be adding our very first agent blogger -- Sean McCarthy! Sean McCarthy Literary Agency specializes in children's books of all age ranges, from picture books to young... Continue Reading →
2016 Year of Success!
Sub It Clubbers have been working hard this past year. Members have made great strides toward their goals of publication, from connecting with critique partners in our Critique Partner Matchup, to perfecting pitches and queries, to sending submissions, to illustrator postcard mailings, and so much more. There are so many steps along the way to... Continue Reading →
FINDING a G.R.E.A.T. AGENT MATCH with Hannah Holt
Oh felicitous rapture—a literary agent has offered representation. A long journey has come to a happy ending. Or has it? Take a deep breath. Before you accept, ask for a fortnight to think it over. Obviously, you have some relaxing to do because you just used the word fortnight. Okay, maybe that was me. Anyway,... Continue Reading →
Nilah Magruder Shows Us How to Find A Book Deal – Part 2
Sub It Club member Nilah Magruder's debut picture book HOW TO FIND A FOX has just released! Nilah is sharing her process and journey to publication with us. She told us about The Story, The Dummy, and The Query in our last post. If you didn't read it yet then go catch up on her inspiring... Continue Reading →
Nilah Magruder Shows Us How to Find a Book Deal
This week we're celebrating author-illustrator and Sub It Club member Nilah Magruder. Her debut picture book HOW TO FIND A FOX hits shelves today! *cue wild applause* Nilah is sharing her journey to publication right here on the blog. It's a long one (as most publishing journeys are.) Today we have part one: The Story,... Continue Reading →
So You Got an Offer of Rep…
There are often questions in our Sub It Club Submission Support Group about what to do when offered representation. Of course, there are steps you should take to make the best decision for you and your work. I just happened to come across this thorough post on the subject written by junior agent Shannon Powers of McIntosh & Otis who obviously knows how this stuff works! My favorite quote from her post, “Play it cool, play it cool😉 “. I don’t reblog often, but wanted to share this post with our blog readers who just might need the info some day. Fingers crossed!
So you’ve been querying your manuscript for what feels like forever, tirelessly researching agents, proofreading email drafts until your eyes bleed. And then you waited, and waited, and waited. Then maybe you revised, then you waited some more. And then finally! Someone said they want to represent you and your work! This is what you’ve been waiting for! Yay!
I’ve been tweeting a few tips on offers of representation recently because I see a lot info out there about how to query, but not how to handle things once you get the thing you’ve been working toward. There are definitely a few do’s and don’t’s for this part of the process, and ways to make the lives of the agents who have your project easier (which could lead to even MORE offers). Spring is a big season for agents to make offers, so you might find yourself there soon…
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