If you’re reading this because you’ve just finished writing your masterpiece and are ready to pitch it to the literary world, give yourself a big pat on the back. Right now. We’ll wait.
Finishing your manuscript is a huge accomplishment. Chances are, you have spent hours, months, maybe even years pouring your words out into a story which, in itself, is a tremendous feat. Understandably, you can’t wait to begin pitching it to publishers and literary agents who you know are going to be quick to request that full manuscript. However, the worst thing a writer can do is prematurely pull the query trigger. There are several things you should do before you start pitching your manuscript, and we’re going to cover them here.