As a literary agent I understand how difficult it is for authors to get the critical feedback they need to push their projects forward. I’ve often thought about how to bridge this gap, and do try to give feedback when I can, but the sheer volume of submissions makes it nearly impossible (the same is true of the editor/agent relationship).
There is a gap between what authors tend to perceive as market ready and what an agent does. From my vantage point, I’ve seen authors spend thousands of dollars on conferences (which are important!), where a block of coaching sessions or a solid developmental edit would springboard their work forward by years. And, what is learned in the process can be applied to next projects.
Developmental editing and coaching are the most valuable skills I offer. I can work with an author over the course of many drafts to ready a project for publication or provide an exhaustive, one-time developmental edit to identify all problem areas in a manuscript as well as creative solutions to improve upon the project.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information on help in one or more of the following areas:
In my function as a literary agent, I cannot represent any author whose book I have been paid to work on, though I can make referrals.