Tuesday, March 23, 2010

2 Life with an Agent: The Submission Process

It's tempting to think getting an agent is the hard part of getting published. After that everything else is going to be easy-peasy, right? Um, no. That isn't true even if you have a perfect manuscript and a great agent who believes in your work; a lot of work remains before your manuscript turns into a book, and some of it is yours. There's been a lot written about the editorial process once a manuscript has sold, but how an agent actually makes the sale is covered less frequently. Here's a great post from Jane Dystel at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management describing this part of the process. Hopefully, it will spark questions for you to ask your prospective agent before you sign on the dotted line.


Happy writing,



  1. Great link, Martina! Awesome to hear that Jane follows up with editors at the two-week mark! : )

  2. Hi Ara,

    Hope you're doing well! She sounds like an amazing agent with a sensible but aggressive approach on behalf of her clients. I love the Dystel blog.


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