Often writers want to know some good tips for how and when they should submit their work to agents. Here are some fundamental things to bear in mind:
- Do not send in the first draft of anything. First drafts are never final drafts, so it’s advisable to redraft at least once before submitting to agents.
- Especially do not send in the first draft of anything if you just finished it a couple of hours before sending the submission.
- You only have one chance to submit each manuscript and agents receive a lot of submissions, so try to make your manuscript the best it can possibly be.
- If you feel any doubt about the strength of your manuscript, wait and look at it again in a few weeks’ time then make any necessary changes.
- Always read the submission guidelines carefully for each agency – starting with the sorts of manuscripts the agency is looking for. As a hint: if you’ve written a children’s story, don’t submit it to an agent who doesn’t look after children’s books! (You’d be surprised how often this happens.) But it also applies to other genres of books, so don’t waste your own time by sending a submission that the agent can’t possibly consider.