Some Tips For When It’s Time To Submit Your Novel by Harry Illingworth

Because I wrote a long rant about self publishing yesterday, I thought I’d balance it out by sharing this great article on agent submissions today. I am nothing if not balanced… or does this qualify as unbalanced? Whateves. Enjoy!

DHH Literary Agency

With the never ending excitement of London Book Fair 2014 this week, I thought it would be helpful to those aspiring novelists out there to give you some advice on how to submit your novel when it comes to that dreaded time. Give your novel the chance it deserves, submitting doesn’t have to be terrifying, but it certainly helps to know what you’re doing.

Follow the rules.

This may sound simple enough, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t follow the instructions laid out before them. Every agency will have its own guidelines, all probably very similar, follow them. If they ask for 10,000 words, send as close to 10,000 as possible. If they ask for the first three chapters, send them. Don’t send what you feel are your strongest chapters. Don’t tailor the rules to suit yourself. You put yourself on the back foot from the…

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