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:
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”.