Emily S. Keyes


So much of publishing. SO much of publishing. 

(reblogged from shaudo)


I like swimming.


I like swimming.

Recently, I received a full request from a reputable agent (checked P&E/PM) but he's asking me to sign a reader release form? It doesn't raise any red flags, but is this normal practice? And one of the provisions: "I hereby release **** from any and all liability for loss of, or damage to, any copies of Material that I may submit..." gave me pause. What does this mean? Thanks for any insight!

Some of the larger agencies, particularly those that deal with talent other than book authors, do this. It is to protect their corporation from lawsuits related to people saying they “stole” ideas.

The clause you quoted is talking about something happening to the manuscript you submit. This makes more sense if you think of it like a physical version, or artwork. It could be damaged in the mail.  And it’s saying you won’t sue them if your stuff is lost in transit.

Most submissions are made via email now, but I bet this is a holdover from a bygone era. (Though I suppose a file could also be corrupted via email?)

EDITED: To remove name of agency.

If my life was a gif …
Alrighty Jennifer you waved the red flag on Twitter. Am I positively barmy to be writing a 200K-word Scifi novel for the YA audience? Are agents going to laugh derisively and over coffee chuckle to their friends about such utter cluelessness...?


I’m not the word count police … but that’s really long. I’d say at least twice as long as the typical YA SF novel. Have you considered the idea that this might be two books?

It will be difficult to sell a book of this length in the YA market. So I’d say, aggressive editing OR dividing in half are in order. As it stands, nobody will laugh at you. More likely, they just won’t read it. (Worse!)

Hi, I know you've recently said you sometimes hold on to queries you're considering, but if people have gotten positive and negative responses who queried after me, does that mean I'm simply in the maybe pile, or could the query have been lost? How long should I wait before checking - 2 months? Thanks!

It could be either. I’ve answered all queries that came before June 17. If yours was before that, then resend.

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