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If you like a MS, but it needs work/revising, how likely are you to offer? Or would it be more likely you'd ask for a R&R?
If I like a ms, I’m not going to offer.
Here’s a mythbuster: there are not a lot of TERRIBLE manuscripts that come across my inbox. 95% of what I read is decent. It’s okay. But let’s face it, okay isn’t good enough. It has to be great. I have to LOVE it.
I recently had lunch with Alexis Bass and her editor Rosemary Brosnan and I was telling them that when I read her manuscript (pulled it out of the slush pile!), LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES, I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t stop! Then I emailed her to say how much I liked it and that I wanted to talk to her. And then I was freaking out because she didn’t respond right away. I kept checking my email and refreshing and worrying if my email didn’t sound enthusiastic enough.
That I was that obsessed with the ms told me that I HAD TO WORK ON IT. I loved it that much. And Alexis and I did do some revising before I sent it on submission, as I do with almost all of my clients.
What separates and offer from an R&R is the level of work. I ask for an R&R if I love an idea and see a lot of potential. If I have a really great vision for a book but it’s so much work that I’m not sure if the author can make that happen then I’m not going to offer yet.
Questions- are books in print being done less now with ebooks? Is it easier to get an e book deal? What are the pay differences like? Also how quick is too quick to write a story and try to get published? Or does it not matter if you follow certain guidelines and believe in your story?
Yes, the rise of ebooks has allowed for the rise of ebook only books. Some people who self publish only have an ebook or there are ebook only publishers and ebook only imprints that focus on the digital market. But plenty of books are still coming out in print.
If you’re selling an an ebook only, you most likely will not see an advance or you’ll see a significantly smaller advance.
If you’re looking for speed you need to refocus your expectations. This business is different for everyone and it’s more likely to take years than months.