Author Archive | Kelly

Pre-Queries And How To Avoid Them

We talk a lot about queries here on Pub Crawl. How to write them, tips and tricks to write them successfully, mistakes to avoid when querying. You name it and at some point one of our fantastic contributors has written about it. But since becoming an agent I’ve become familiar with the dreaded pre-query. And it happens frequently enough that I thought it might be worth talking about what a pre-query is and why you […]

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Agent As Patronus

I think a lot of writers have a clear understanding of what agents do on the front end of traditional publishing. Agents submit your manuscript to editors, secure an offer, and negotiate the contract. But I think a lot of writers are less clear on what an agent does after the deal is done. Of course all agents work differently. Some may indeed retreat into the woodwork and not really be an active part of the […]

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The Crafting of an Editorial Letter

If you’re in the query trenches you’ve probably heard the words “editorial agent” floating around. These are agents who work with their clients to edit and revise a manuscript before submitting it to editors (who will then edit the manuscript even further if they end up acquiring it!) I am an editorial agent and believe strongly in sending out the most polished manuscript possible to editors. The market is competitive, and I think it’s vital […]

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What Counts as Previously Published?

I got an amazing query in my inbox this week. The premise hit all the right notes, the writing was fantastic, the characters were complex and compelling. I couldn’t hit reply fast enough to request the manuscript. But right before I hit send, I noticed that the author mentioned that the book had been posted on Wattpad and won an award there. Cue my heartbreak. Wattpad is a platform for authors to serially post their […]

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Clause by Clause: Rights of Termination

Welcome back to Clause by Clause, a series that aims to demystify publishing contracts! Previously we’ve talked about Options, Non-Competes, and Force Majeure, and today we’re going to kick off the beginning of a new year by talking about endings. Here’s what you need to know about Rights of Termination. What is a Rights of Termination clause?  A rights of termination clause lists out all the ways in which your contract can be terminated, meaning […]

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