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Avoid these submission sins when querying an agent

Getting out of the slush pile starts with avoiding these deadly agent submission mistakes.

Submission letts
Follow this advice to get your queries out of the slush pile.

As a young aspiring writer, I was fortunate enough to go to college in New York, the heart of American publishing. I hoped learning how the publishing industry worked would give me an edge, some kind of insider’s insight into a world I knew nothing about.

With this in mind, I began an internship at a small boutique literary agency in the city. Over the course of eight months, I read hundreds of submissions and dozens of manuscripts. I learned about agents, editors, and the journey a book must take to get out of the slush pile and onto a bookshelf.

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