When an Agent Wants a Second Opinion

Dear Nervous Nelly…

Don’t feel singled out. Agents often do second reads for each other before signing authors. Representation is a huge commitment, and a second opinion from colleagues who know their personal tastes as well as the state of the market is as important to them as critique partners are to writers. In fact, agents will often do second reads even after signing in order to make sure every project they send to publishers is as strong as it can be, craftwise and marketwise. Now, with that settled, go get yourself a treat. I believe in celebrating every step on your path toward publication, and “I really enjoyed your manuscript” from an agent is certainly good for something decadent and very chocolate.

Happy writing!
The Editor



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