Are Agents still Open to Queries during COVID-19?
I have been seeing this question in our Facebook group Write to Publish and Sell Your Novel:
“Are agents still interested in accepting submissions and queries during this global pandemic?”
The answer is absolutely yes. Many of us are quarantines, spending much time at home, lounging in the living room. Well, guess what? So are the agents.
Like many of us, they are cozying up in their pajamas with the time to read. They’re not going out to lunch. They’re not going into the office. They’re not doing many of the things that we took for granted only weeks ago.
What does this mean? Agents have more time to look at those submissions, and more time to spend reading them, according to the conversation I’ve been having with some agents.
They’re still negotiating rights domestically and internationally. But instead of flying over to London to do it, they’re doing it over Zoom like many of us at this day and age. So, yes, they’re still busy, and certainly need your respect.
But now is a great time to be submitting your manuscript for traditional publication.
What happens over at the Writing Gym are conversations with literary agents and publishers. We’ve been able to get manuscripts on to the desks of the right people and they’ve been taking them in and it has just been wonderful.
And I’ve seen probably a dozen deals happen with agents that I know just last week.
So yes, agents are absolutely taking manuscripts–and they want good manuscripts. They don’t want something that you just threw together during some National Novel Writing Month; they want real quality manuscripts.
For those of you who are interested in publishing a novel–a fiction manuscript–in English and in the American market as soon as possible click here. Put yourself right into my calendar and we can discuss where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there.
Now is the time to get your publishing journey started and we are here to help make that happen.
Until next time. Happy writing.