WHAT SPECIFIC CRITERIA DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN CONSIDERING A MANUSCRIPT FOR PUBLICATION?
I always hope that the author has worked and reworked it enough so that it's CLOSE to being ready for the market, which is more competitive than ever.
WHAT SHOULD A WRITER INCLUDE IN A QUERY TO AN AGENT?
The letter should be professional and include a bit of information of why he is hoping to work with our particular agency, some information about himself or herself, and a three or four sentence description of the novel that will stimulate our curiosity and interest!
AS AN AGENT, I SUSPECT YOU RECEIVE MANUSCRIPTS THAT AREN'T QUITE FINISHED. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS CONCERNING REVISION/EDITING?
As suggested, have another set of eyes go through the manuscript (not your best friend or mother), and make it the very best it can be before submitting it, as you usually have only one opportunity with an agent. We take all submissions seriously.
WHAT IRRITATES YOU AS AN AGENT WHEN YOU'RE EVALUATING A MANUSCRIPT FOR PUBLICATION?
Punctuation sloppy errors – if you send it to an agent, it should be in the best shape possible.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU PROVIDE TO WRITERS WHO WANT TO SECURE AN AGENT?
It's a relationship, so treat it going in with respect – be polite, professional and courteous, and another pet peeve 🙂 Don't shorten our names. My name is Kimberley, not Kim (Not a huge deal, but!)
IS SELF-PUBLISHING A GOOD OPTION?
My advice is to try to secure an agent and get published traditionally first, especially if you are NOT a social media maven! If you try and it doesn't work out, self – publishing can work, if you promote yourself and your book.