I wrote a YA novel. I am seeking publication. Any tips/advice?
I edited and polished my manuscript, however I am considering professional editing. I am currently seeking a literary agent and have queried several. I understand how the publishing process works. My goal is to publish my novels through a major publisher.
Earlier in the year I decided to join with Eaton Literary Agency. Eaton Literary Agency charges fees. I do not recommend, unless you plan to pay around $5,000.00.
Feel free to post the above information in your blog for other aspiring writers.
Now I am reevaluating my options. I am considering to pay for professional editing. But, if I land a literary agent, they can edit the novel themselves.
Ms. McCormick, how do you think I should handle this situation?
Hi Jessie! Lots to tackle here. First of all, congratulations on finishing and polishing your manuscript!
As for Eaton Literary, I'm very sorry you got tangled up in an agency that charges fees. For future querying, please look up all the agents and agencies on your list at Preditors & Editors. If the agent or agency isn't listed or there's no information available on them, consider checking with a large writing forum such as AbsoluteWrite for a thread on the agency. AbsoluteWrite has a comprehensive Bewares and Background Checks forum. And if you're still unsure, you can always get in touch with me or the staff at Writer Beware.
You mentioned you're considering professional editing. Here's the thing, do you think your writing is good enough to gain you representation? If so, then I don't believe you should bother with a professional editing service. A good line-by-line edit can cost a couple thousand dollars, and a broad assessment hundreds. If you feel your writing needs a lot of help, however, then it's something to consider. I'm more likely to suggest joining a critique group, SCBWI, and/or taking some classes though. To me, it makes a lot more sense to build the tools needed to be a professional writer than to rely on others. As for agents, only some are editorial and many don't have the time to do line-by-line edits. Your manuscript needs to be as perfect as you can make it before you query, and then an agent will offer input as needed, per preference. It's not something you can count on, so I think it's good you're considering your options and evaluating your writing.
Beyond what I've said here, please check the agent research posts I've done in the right sidebar. I also highly recommend perusing agent blogs for informative posts on publishing. Nathan Bransford, Janet Reid, and Rachel Gardner are a few of the best resources out there, but I have a large list of agent and editor blogs in the left sidebar that you can get lost in for days.
All that said, my best piece of advice is this: Google and research everything! Don't walk into anything blindly if you don't have to. And don't be afraid to e-mail me more specific questions. You're doing the right thing by asking and learning!
Now, I'll turn the blog over to my readers and see what advice and tips they have to share. I didn't have as much time to list resources as I would have liked and I know they'll come through for you. Thanks for e-mailing!