Q) How does the process work?
A) First, please read our submission guidelines and fill out our submission form. After that is received we will request that you email us some portion of your work.
Q) Would you prefer me to email or mail my manuscript?
A) If we request your manuscript after you fill out our submission form. We do NOT accept mailed manuscripts any longer.
Q) Is my manuscript safe with you?
A) Your materials are safe within our company. If you are uncomfortable sending your entire manuscript, please only send 3-5 chapters.
Q) How long does this review take?
A) About 7-10 days. We are faster than most other agencies.
Q) Why is there no phone number? I want to talk to someone.
A) Quite frankly, we are deluged with submissions. It is our policy to provide a contact number later in the process, assuming we would like to proceed with you.
Q) Where are you located?
A) We have about 100 people all over the world, all working virtually. We have partners in Los Angeles when our work touches Hollywood. Our administrative department prefers to live in Florida. Sometimes we think that we live in airport lounges.
Q) Tell me about your company.
A) We are growing through acquisitions. We are bigger than a small agency and smaller than a large agency. We believe in hiring good people. Our company has a very strong background in editing as well. We have a reputation for representing great quality and solid “depth off the bench”. We market to the larger and medium sized publishers and producers. We’re in this for the long term.
We endeavor to attend the major book trade shows in the US, England, and Germany. We have attended the Book Expo US every year.We believe selling foreign rights is the next best market for authors.
Q) What are you looking for during your evaluation?
A) We mainly look for COMMERCIAL VIABILITY in the work coupled with good solid writing skills. “Is it something that will sell?” is of paramount importance to us. We believe that great writers are made, not born at least 99% of the time. But if a work doesn’t have commercial potential, then we want to let you know as quickly as possible. Being willing to grow talent, we believe in the old adage, “luck is when opportunity meets preparation and hard work”.
Q) What if you find errors or problems with my manuscript? Should I spend time revising now, or later?
A) We receive very few ‘ready-to-go’ manuscripts. We believe we are unique in that we are willing to work with our authors along the way. Most manuscripts that we receive need some level of polishing before we can submit them to buyers. Some need very little polishing. Some need a lot. Over the years, we’ve learned that it is worth our time and effort to do what it takes to develop new talent. We’ve learned that incubating new talent makes good business sense.
Q) My manuscript isn’t finished.
A) As long as there is enough finished to determine your skills as a writer we are willing to look at your work. As mentioned previously, we take a long term view and we are willing to develop talent.
Q: Do you use form letters?
A: For certain communications, of course, doesn’t every company? We pride ourselves on using technology to be as efficient as possible. This allows us to work with authors from anywhere in the world. By automating certain elements of our communications we can spend more thoughtful time on your questions that are specific to you and your situation.
Q: How do I know you are for real?
A: We ask that you judge us based on the professionalism of our interactions together. However, it may help for you to see a smattering of the unsolicited positive feedback we receive on a regular basis. (If you are really cynical you may think we made these up. However we can assure you that we can legally stand behind anything you read in our communications. These are unedited for authenticity, bad grammar and typos left in.)
I’m sure you get tons of mail, and that you don’t have time to read this, but I just wanted to thank you for your professionalism. Wow, I can’t believe how efficient you guys are! I’ve only sent my manuscript to one other agent, and he replied with a very short and grammatically incorrect e-mail that I thought was extremely unprofessional. I also really respect your attitude. In any industry, it’s difficult to find people who actually don’t put up with the prima-donna attitudes and egos. I like that. Thanks again for looking at my manuscript.
Just a note to say thank you for your amazingly detailed, efficient and rapid service. When I resolved to get an agent this year or bust, I was prepared for the long haul. What I have encountered has been a whirlwind. I am sure that other agents worldwide will soon have to copy your submissions system as the model for a new industry standard, or become extinct.
Thanks a lot for your generous time and consideration. I am impressed by your efficiency and ability to reply in time, unlike most agents who take around four or even more weeks to get back. I am looking forward to a long term professional relationship from you.
Thank you for keeping me posted every step of the way thus far. I am glad your received the two manuscripts you were kind enough to ask from me. It is such an exciting time. To have finished the two books and working on the third as well as constantly thinking of marketing plans for the works. Being a former radio personality, it would be wonderful to use those skills and have interviews conducted and see the book take roots in several areas. You are a true professional and it is appreciated greatly.
I too wish to send in a personal comment on your delightfully refreshing acquisitions process. How different it is to be greeted with wit, intelligence and such a well thought out plan of action! Even if we go no further, I will send others to your company because I have such respect for businesses on the Internet that strive to give their customers the most efficient use of their time. I truly cannot see how one would not appreciate immensely, what you have put together and your commitment to those you do business with.
Please allow me to say thank you for accepting my work for review. I also want to thank you for your timely e-mails and information regarding publishing protocols. It is because of conscientious professionals in the industry like yourself, that allows perspective Writers’ to have their voices and ideas heard. Once again, thanks in advance for your timely information and professionalism.
I received my analysis a couple of days ago, looked it over, and found it very insightful. I agree with every aspect of the analysis, and I have already begun making the suggested improvements. As a matter of fact, it suggests that I expand on the vampire mythology aspect. Coincidentally, during those weeks it was being prepared, I had formed some dramatic ideas to include more mythological creatures to support the story’s premise, which is that unlike mythological vampires,
Jeeminy, I passed cloud nine so fast I hardly noticed it.I am so pleased and grateful to you folks and Louise of the critique administration. I thank the good Lord for the talent he has given me, but this is far more than I expected. I do plan to make the changes. Why not? I have already started and the difference is remarkable. Rewriting many scenes, booting out the cliches and tidying up the punctuation as well as adding many more words. The advice and recommendations are well received. I will go at it like I’m killing snakes so should be finished in no more than a week.
In conclusion, our business model is not for everyone and we don’t accept everyone. We do like new authors and fresh talent. We encourage you to query us.