Self-published authors who want wider distribution for their book turn to literary agents for help. Literary agents are a great resource for connecting traditional book publishers to new authors.
Since literary agents know exactly what they are looking for in a manuscript, they will pass on representing authors with unpolished, incomplete, and lackluster manuscripts.
If you have self-published your book and want to be represented by a literary agent, here are 10 things to do before submitting your manuscript:
1. Make sure you complete your manuscript. Agents will not help you finish your work.
2. Make sure your manuscript has gone through multiple edits.
3. Know your genre. Identify the category of your manuscript. Specific agents accept manuscripts from specific genres.
4. Choose the agent best suited for your manuscript. Do not send a romantic novel to an agent who only accepts science fiction.
5. Read a literary agency’s submission requirements thoroughly. Most agencies will not consider manuscripts from authors who do not follow the rules.
6. Write an engaging query letter that makes the agent want to read your manuscript.