by Tamela Hancock Murray
Your agent may slow you down.
And this is good!
And, why is that?
I’ve been a writer myself, so I understand the frustration you must be feeling as you read my words. Who wants to slow down? Believe me, when I was waiting for my first book to be published, I only half-joked that it would be released posthumously. So I understand that writers don’t want to wait another ten minutes to see their books published. But those ten minutes — or more — are worth the wait.
Craft takes time. That’s why I tell my clients, “Take the time you need. Submit when, and only when, you are ready.”
Sometimes writers feel a sense of an artificial deadline. Perhaps an editor has put out a call for a certain type of book. Or a key editor will be judging a contest. Or a promising conference meeting has just occurred. So let’s hurry!
No, let’s not hurry.