Traditional Publishing

Supplemental Literary Agent Feedback

Candid feedback on market appeal and salability from an established literary agent delivered in conjunction with select developmental editing services.


For authors pursuing traditional publication, we have the option of bringing in one of our literary agent consultants to give you and your editor an insider’s perspective on how attractive your project will be to agents and publishers in today’s market. The literary agents we work with take more of a snapshot view than our editors, since they’re focusing primarily on one aspect — marketability — so rather than read the complete manuscript, they review only a writing sample, your synopsis or summary, and the answers to a comprehensive questionnaire. The idea is to provide “from the trenches” insights that can help you decide on your best publishing path, and improve your project’s salability.

This is a by-invitation-only service that’s only available as a supplement to other developmental editing services.  Please contact the Tucson office for details regarding eligibility and pricing.

This service usually adds 1-2 weeks to the turnaround time of the critique or developmental editing service it is supplementing.

Please visit our online welcome center or call us at (520) 546-9992.
May 19, 2016

Supplemental Agent Feedback

Supplemental Literary Agent Feedback Candid feedback on market appeal and salability from an established literary agent delivered in conjunction with select developmental editing services.
May 10, 2016
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Publishing Glossary
A curated list of the industry terms and phrases aspiring and professional writers need to know

Language is power, and to that end we at The Editorial Department have come up with a glossary of commonly-used terms and abbreviations in the book publishing industry. This is a quick, handy guide (in no particular order) to many of the terms that writers will come across […]
April 26, 2016

Let’s Hear It For The Little Guy!
When it comes to literary agencies, bigger isn't always better

Your manuscript is finally finished. It’s been revised, agonized over, critiqued, and revised again. It’s ready to take the next step. It’s ready for an agent. And because you want nothing but the best for your manuscript, you know you’ve got to find the best agent possible. The […]
April 7, 2016

Query Do, Query Don’t
Ten tips literary agent Kate Johnson wants you to remember

I’ve recently worked through a post-holiday backlog of submissions, and stumbled on some recurring themes and – naturally – some recurring pet peeves. Agents are as diverse in their taste for query letters as they are in their tastes for reading material, so please know my advice comes […]
January 29, 2016

Common Language, Different Rules
Literary Agent Kate Johnson compares and contrasts the U.S. and U.K. book markets

When I relocated part-time to the UK last year, there were many mysteries to figure out: Why so many tea breaks, and how does one brew it in the Orwell fashion? Where does one find canned pumpkin come Thanksgiving? What’s a knees-up, and what does it mean to […]
January 28, 2016
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A View From The Trenches
Literary Agent Lucas Hunt reflects on the state of the today traditional publishing market and what authors need to know to be successful

If you want to publish today, your work must be impeccable. Whether you have a novel manuscript that has been slaved over for years, or are an expert in your field with a non-fiction book proposal, the case is the same. Your writing must be in the best […]