Dear Miss Snark:
My agent has been submitting my first ms. for the past eight months. So far we've received ten rejections. He says he still loves the work and will keep trying. I've now completed my second ms. and I'm ready to send it. Before I began writing, I ran a synopsis and example of the voice I'd be using by him and received a green light.
My question is really about what you, The Great and Powerful Snark, see from clients on your side of the curtain. Although this new ms. has been through my critique group, and I'd call it pretty clean, it's still my first draft. I look forward to and need my agent's comments and guidance regarding story-line, plot, character development, etc. -- only, the 'newbie' in me is terrified to send it, especially since my first work hasn't sold.
So, would you mind describing how you work with your clients as they develop their latest work?
Thank you, and best regards and markings to Killer Yapp from Piddling Papillon!
Here's the thing: I hate reading stuff like this. Give me something ready to sell.
Of course, that never happens and I've read some works in progress a dozen times. If I had a dollar for every page I've reformatted, repositioned, regurgitated, repaired, renovated, retrofitted, resupinated, resusitated, retooled, retouched, retrenched, and retrofired I'd be retiring the national debt of Rabbitania.
Get that thing as ready as you can. Imagine your agent ISN'T going to change a single solitary word.
Agents provide career guidance, not editing guidance. Editing doesn't earn money. Sales do. Don't plan on sucking up too much time with questions about whether plot points work or characters develop. That's your job.
Here's the thing: every project that needs work, or my R-tful input gets put on the back burner. The person who gets my full attention each and every day is the client whose work I'm actively pitching. Be one.