What do you do when you get an offer of representation or publication? Dance. Pop the champagne. Jump up and down, of course. But then it's time to get down to business. Let the offering agent or publishing house know you need a week or so to tie up loose ends. This is perfectly normal.... Continue Reading →
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 →
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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