Getting an agent is easy. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:
The pre-submission process:
This comes in two parts, the Decision and the Package
Who are you going to send your masterpiece to?
Getting it ready to send off
Assuming you are POSTING your submissions, this is what you do:
If you are EMAILING, then you send the above as a word attachment, but without the postcard, address label, elastic band, paperclip and envelope. If you are POSTING, go on to The Send. If you are emailing, scroll down to The Wait.
While you wait for your rejections, make sure you keep busy by doing the following.
- SRL – standard rejection letter. This may be a compliment slip with a standard message, or a letter saying no thanks and please don’t enter into correspondence about this. You might think that your submission hasn’t been looked at. (See my Perfect Submission Package for reasons why). This is perfectly normal. If you collect 20 SRL’s it might be an idea to have another read of your masterpiece – it might not be as good as you thought.
- NRL – nice rejection letter. The agent has bothered to say why you are being rejected. This is a huge step up from the SRL and means you are getting there – so don’ t be disheartened by these!
- VNRL – very nice rejection letter. A more detailed letter about why the agent feels they can’t take you on. Take heart with these letters and take note of what they say. It is always worth a rewrite and resubmission to these agents – you are nearly there!
- Request for full Manuscript. Yippee! You’ve got the perfect submission package! This is a great achievement an means you CAN write. Stop submitting while the full is being considered, but do be prepared for this to be rejected. It often happens.
- Offer for representation. This is where you fall over, faint, float to the ceiling, have a drink, a huge bar of chocolate and go around with a big smile on your face. Now, it’s your agent’s turn to go through this process with publishers!!
Did I say it was easy? Oops . . . . .