Miss Snark, named in homage to Jennifer Weiner’s blog the Snark Spot, answered questions as part of todayâ€™s Online Writing Festival.
She revealed that just this week she took six full manuscripts. Thatâ€™s great news for writers who are trying to get published.
Miss Snark gets around 100 query letters a week. From which she might ask for 5-7 partials, which leads to 1 maybe 2 full manuscripts.
â€¢ 400 a month in queries
â€¢ 20-28 partials (50 pages)
â€¢ 4-8 fulls
(Plus the 20+ authors she already looks after).
Miss Snark says that the ongoing benefits of an agent for an author (beyond getting them published) include:
1. Keeping them published.
2. Advocating for subsidiary rights.
3. Keeping track of the money.
4. Networking for them. I send info to my authors all the time about various opportunities.
5. I’m their eyes and ears; it’s MUCH more than selling a book.
John Marsden will be joining the forum at 12pm AEST, 1pm Daylight savings time.