Inside the agent’s head

Not my agent but good insight nonetheless: “I want to see that it works: characters, narrative voice, the opening strokes of plot—all grooving in unison like the opening to a great song, no matter what genre (though admittedly, heavy metal is not for me). Or, to put it another way, I’m looking for pretty much the same thing you’re looking for when you browse the bookstore, randomly picking up books and glancing over the first page. Do you keep going or do you put it down? Whereas you’re thinking, ‘Do I want to buy this?’ I’m thinking, ‘Can I sell this?'” – http://www.pw.org/agent_advice/jennifer_carlson_of_dunow_carlson_lerner

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