Rebecca Gradinger of Fletcher & Company

Rebecca Gradinger of Fletcher & Company

Agent Advice

Posted 6.10.13

Do you like it when a writer draws a parallel between the writer’s manuscript and other books that have been published?

Sande from
New York,
NY
Fletcher & Company
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New York, NY 10011

I love it. These comparisons give me insight into the writer’s influences and what kind of novel the writer has crafted. In some cases, particularly when a writer compares the book to a novel I loved, it can be pretty enticing—“Oh, you love The Stone Diaries? I love it too!” It’s smart, effective marketing, which is essentially what a writer needs to do to get an agent excited about reading the book. I also appreciate when writers mention relevant books I’ve represented. It indicates that they have done their homework.

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