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June 21, 2011

Getting Published: Revisions

Filed under: Getting Published — Tags: , — ax20 @ 11:44 am

Sometimes you will submit your work and the agent will request (or suggest) revisions. As a writer, you always have to be able to take criticism. If the agent is bothering to request this, think of it as an opportunity. They see potential but your work isn’t quite there yet.

Sometimes I read a work and I know it has potential but I also see a major problem with something (like maybe the structure). We don’t usually give advice to authors because there are simply too many submissions to give people personal feedback, but in these cases I will suggest to the author that they do another draft of their work and consider revising the way they have done something (such as where they started the book or to speed up the pacing). This doesn’t mean that we will necessarily take their book should they make these changes, but it does mean we’re willing to reconsider the work.

Here is another agent’s take on revisions: What I Talk About When I Talk About Revisions

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