Tuesday, 27 May 2008

When agents ask for revisions (and don't offer representation)

Interesting post below. It's about what goes through an agent's mind when they request a full MS from an author, read it, and then ask the author to make changes/revisions (without offering to represent them). Food for thought, particularly for anyone who might be in this position...

http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/2008/05/revisions-before-representation.html

3 comments:

Gonna be a writer said...

This was an interesting post. I'd just like to get an agent interested.

KAREN said...

That's interesting. I never even thought about it from that angle. It's easy to assume that because an agent's suggesting revisions it automatically means they want to represent you. I don't think I'd have the gall to then send my ms elsewhere, to be honest!

KayJay said...

Ok, this is so interesting to me as I was recently in a similar situation. What frustrated me was that the revisions were extremely non-specific and it was very difficult to pinpoint exactly what the agent wanted changing. We did exchange several emails and talked on the phone, but as much as I probed I only got very general advice. I have to say I was reminded of the Mitchell and Webb sketch you posted a little while back! 'Yeah, not that, obviously, but like that,' etc etc...

And I was also pretty staggered with the lack of enthusiasm. I can take the stick but I've got to be given a bit of carrot too! The agent must have liked my book enough to contact me and have all that correspondence, so why didn't they ever tell me that?

Obviously they weren't the one for me, but it is a little tricky to know just how long you should spend on rewrites when you're not sure what chance you stand of getting representation at the end of it.