Hi all. I know it’s been a long time since I posted, but I’ve been super busy writing and learning about the publishing/agenting business. I thought I’d share some of my knowledge. Today’s blog posts discusses what happens to your manuscript after you sign with the agent until it’s pitched to an editor.
Your agent will provide you with an editorial letter which is a page or more describing the overall issues with your story. It can be anything from adding more depth to your characters or pacing issues. From there you will either agree or disagree about making the changes. (For the most part authors agree because they realize that the changes are improving the story. Of course there are some exceptions on both sides and for good reasons but we aren’t going to discuss those today.)
Once you agree to what you will change, you then go back to your manuscript and rewrite, cut more scenes, or add more scenes. Whatever is needed. Then your lucky agent rereads your manuscript and if s/he thinks it’s perfect then you are on to the next step. HOWEVER, you could receive another editorial letter detailing additional changes, which will require you to once again edit. This might even happen a third time until the manuscript is just right. Remember your agent isn’t trying to torture you, they want the manuscript to showcase your best work and best story.
After you’ve finished editing, your agent writes a pitch letter. A pitch letter is like a query letter and oftentimes the agent will pick things out of your letter to use. (That’s why those dang things are so important.) In essence, the pitch letter entices an editor(s) to read the now polished manuscript. Now it’s your agent’s turn to wait to hear back and sometimes that can take f-o-r-e-v-e-r! If the editor(s) doesn’t love it, the agent will pitch to another small handful of editors. And so on, until hopefully one of the editors falls in love with the manuscript.
What happens after that is another blog for another day!