Finally working on that novel as you self-isolate? You're not alone

There’s been a rapid rise in submissions from would-be authors since the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re dusting off your manuscript, here are some things to keep in mindIf you’re one of those people who always said they would write a novel if only they had the time: this is your moment. As more budding writers self-isolate due to the coronavirus and finally knuckle down on their manuscripts, the publishing industry has already seen a surge in submissions.Literary agent Juliet Mushens, of the Caskie Mushens agency, usually receives between 10 and 15 appeals for representation a day from new writers. Last Monday alone, she received 27.Finish and edit your novel before submitting anything to agentsDo your research and send the agents what they have asked for in terms of materialHave a think about where your book fits in the market. Would it be shelved as a thriller, romance, or perhaps reading group fiction?Be patient: use the time while waiting to hear back to write something else or brainstorm other ideasDon’t give up! Keep writing – the more you write, the more you’ll hone your craft Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2020-03-26 16:00:31 UTC ]
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