“To be a literary agent you have to have an eye for good writing – an eye that is honed through years of practice. At Curtis Brown we get between eight and 10 submissions daily. It’s a lot and we take on less than 1 per cent of them.
I have to admit, the majority are pretty bad. What strikes me is that if anyone were applying for a job they would do it in a professional manner, whereas some people submit manuscripts in a very offhand way.
They don’t tend to do any research on who we represent and why we might like a certain book. They even write “Dear Sir” when there are no men in our office. People are often very under-prepared and that is a cardinal sin.”
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