Mar 19 2010
Like many other literary agencies (and publishers, for that matter), Bookends uses reader’s reports to help agents/editors evaluate each credible proposal. Assistants and/or interns will sift through the slush pile of unsolicited novel submissions and will pass along maybe 1% to their bosses for consideration, along with reader’s reports.
Bookends posted the guidelines for its reader’s reports, which is useful to you because it lets you know many of the criteria by which a novel proposal will be graded.
- What was the book about?
- Did the overall idea seem different and unique?
- Was it a common theme, but executed in a unique way?
- What did you think of the author’s voice?
- Did the characters seem real and likable?
- Was the plot seamless and did it make sense or were there a lot of holes?
- Did the multiple plotlines blend together to create a whole book or did they seem choppy and disconnected?
- Did the dialogue seem real and believable or did it feel forced?
- Were you able to easily figure out what happened or did the author keep you guessing?
- Does this book seem to have viability in the market?
- Are there other popular books you could relate this to?
- Are there too many similar books to make this stand out?
- What is the author’s platform?
- Has the author been previously published? With whom?
- How was the writing? Did the writing feel professional, like you were reading a published book, or amateurish?
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