Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I've been reading a few agent's blogs, as well as following some on Twitter.
(If you want to get some real-time information and glimpses into the life of an agent, I highly recommend Twitter. There's less of a filter, and even though there's a character limit, there isn't a tweet limit.)
What I see happening almost every day is that people who have completed a manuscript, think their work is ready to publish. Or, at a minimum, ready for an agent to shop it. I don't get the idea that there are any large number of submissions where the agent feels the writer has taken time to re-write and edit their manuscripts. To work with a critique group or a private editor. To fine-tune and hone their craft.
To even complete the most rudimentary research as to who the agent is and what they're looking for.
I get the feeling that writers who have completed a manuscript, without even doing a cursory read-through, throw a net into the waters to see if they can snag an agent. Any agent.
Am I the only one bothered on many levels by this?
CR: 212 by Alafair Burke.
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