Five Ways (Not) to Squander Contacts and Alienate Agents (Feature Post)

By Ginger McKnight-Chavers

Sometimes the universe bestows unexpected gifts upon writers. Through friends, colleagues or the hundredth query letter, we finally land a face-to-face with an agent.  I’ve learned the hard way that it’s easy to unintentionally screw up these golden opportunities in ways beyond the obvious no-no’s (tardiness, rudeness, b.o.).  They may seem obvious, but read on:

  1. Test your submission.  Don’t trust that your “track changes” setting is off, even if you turn it off.   You must “accept all changes” to ensure that your redlines don’t end up in the wrong hands.  I sent many drafts to my instructors and writing groups (we’re all Mac users) without issue.  Continue reading