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Monday Musings: Should You Hit “Send” On That Contest Request? February 10, 2014

Filed under: Blog,contest,Literary Agent — chasingthecrazies @ 11:03 am
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We are only a little over a month into 2014, and already there have been quite a few contests and pitch opportunities that have come about. Many aspiring writers are chomping at the bit to test their query or pitch their manuscript on Twitter. But as with all contests, I think writers need to err on the side of caution when pitching and/or participating in these opportunities.


Getting a request can be exciting, but I think it needs to be weighed with what your goals are as a writer. Some things to consider when you get a request from a publisher:



1) Have you done your research? Have you checked Preditors and Editors and Absolute Write to see if they are on the up and up?


2) Is it a digital first contract? Do you recognize those terms and agree with them?


3) Do you understand the legalese involved with the contract and can you negotiate on your own?



What about agents? Sure it’s amazing to have someone interested in your work, but are they a good fit for you and your writing goals? Some other things to think about:


1) Were they on your original query list?


2) Have you researched their agency?


3) Have you looked at Publishers Marketplace to check their sales?


4) Do they rep. books similar to yours, and do they have good relationships with editors at the publishing houses?


5) What about their work style? Are they an editorial agent or are they more “hands off?”



It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment, especially when someone in publishing is interested in your work. But it’s important to remember what your overall goals are, and make sure you are staying the course when it comes to your manuscript.  Do your research, and consider whether the choices you’re making are the best ones for your writing. You’ve worked long and hard on that amazing manuscript, and only when you’re 100% sure the agent or publisher is a good fit should you hit “send”.



2 Responses to “Monday Musings: Should You Hit “Send” On That Contest Request?”

  1. B. A. Wilson Says:

    Thanks! This was an interesting post! I did get a few requests for materials with one of the Twitter pitch parties, and I decided to only send out materials to about 30% of them. I think most people want to find the right agent and develop a good, long-term relationship, so it is important to know what you want. However, I can see how it would be easy to get caught up. There’s a lot of rejection in the writing world, and it is always nice when someone notices your work. Your reminders are very helpful. 🙂 Good luck with both your writing and querying!

    • Hi B.A.

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, it’s easy to get caught up in the requests, but I agree that you need to find an agent that is the right fit for you. Hope all is well with you & good luck with your writing!

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