For [manuscript] submissions, I’m pretty certain that writers assume that if the writing is good, an agent is going to be interested in offering representation to the author.

No doubt–good writing is essential but as an agent, I’ve passed on any number of submissions that exhibited some stellar writing. Why? Doesn’t talent trump all? Nope.

The #1 reason I pass on manuscripts with good writing is because of a lack of pacing.

Kristin Nelson on speed.

Incidentally, “pacing” is almost always code for a story being too slow, not too fast.

2018-07-27T14:22:04+00:0025th May, 2016|Tags: agents, query letters, writing|
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  1. Vickie 25th May, 2016 at 9:20 am

    There’s one out of the 36 books I’ve read or am reading so far that I thought was too fast: Around the World in Eighty Days. I know the character only has 80 days, but develop your story, man! Otherwise, I agree with that post (commenting seems to be closed for that post over there meh).

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