So you’ve written your manuscript. You’ve edited the hell out of it, practically know it off by heart and the version number no longer reads ‘Final-V0.3123’. You may have let your close friends and family take a sneak peek and included their feedback, or you may have used a professional editor. Whatever the case, your novel is perfect and you’re finally ready to submit to an agent! Hurrah and well done on getting this far - I have no doubt it’s been tough!
(I know the panic and second guessing that comes along with signing your manuscript off as ‘final’, but once you’ve made the decision, try and stick to it.)
So, what to do next?
1. Use the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook
Simple. Get organized! Buy the latest copy of the Writers' & Artists’ Yearbook and read it. Don’t just skip to the agent lists, read the tips, the interviews, notes and advice guidelines. This book will act as your bible for the next year and the articles are there to help you, give you …