Surviving the Offer – and Letting the Agent Deal

After your agent sends your work on submission, you’ll spend several weeks – or, more likely, months- learning to “manage your expectations.” “Managing expectations” while on submission means learning to wait patiently AND working on your next book. For most authors, the submission process contains at least one rejection (and often more) before an offer comes in. Some agents share the rejections with the author, some do not. (File this under “things to ask before you sign with the agent.”) Some editors’ rejections look a lot like the form rejections agents send to authors: “Thanks, but not for me.” Other editors,

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