An Agent Requested My Manuscript. Now What?
“I’ve gotten a request for a manuscript, but I’m not quite sure if my manuscript is a hundred percent ready, because it either needs a content edit or a copy edit. What should I do?”
This agent is meeting with probably up to a hundred writers, some of whom he or she has requested pages, and they’re not going to remember every person. At the end of a whirlwind day, the agent may remember a couple of key moments.
First of all, we as writers hold ourselves accountable, right? We’re like, “Oh my gosh, the agent asked for those pages, what am I going to do? I don’t have the pages ready, and they’re expecting them.” We put a lot of pressure on ourselves.
Stop, pause, and take a deep breath.
It’s more important that you have a quality product you can stand behind.
If you’re debating between “send now though it’s not quite ready” or “send later when it looks much better,” I always recommend “send later when it looks much better.” Why? Because the chances the agent will reject any given manuscript are always high.
The goal is to give that agent fewer reasons to reject a manuscript.
I’m glad to be working on the revisions of so many of those manuscripts with members in the Writing Gym. If you’re looking to pitch to agents, and you want to make sure that you have a high quality product, I’d be happy to talk to you about what that looks like for you.
You can put yourself right into my calendar. We can talk about where you are ready to go and how you can get there.
Until next time, happy writing.