Agency Commendations

 

 

Let's Get This Submission Thing Right!

If you're an author looking to get your full-length work published (no short stories, poetry, or children's picture books), we need you to follow the procedures outlined below.  Please select the options that best pertain to you and your relationship with the agency.

 

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Are You an Agency Client?  If you are already a Swetky Agency represented author under contract, please send us a Submission Synopsis Form for your latest work from one of these two pages.  For  books: Submission Synopsis Form - Solicited Book.  For scripts: Submission Synopsis Form - Script.  Follow up  by  sending  us an e-mail  attachment of  your complete  manuscript using the "Contact" link (below).  Type REQUESTED MANUSCRIPT in the subject line.

If Not a Client, Have You Been Invited To Submit?  If you are not an existing Swetky Agency represented author but you have been invited to submit your property by a representative of The Swetky Agency, please send us a Submission Synopsis Form from one of the following two pages.  For  books: Submission Synopsis Form - Solicited Book.  For scripts: Submission Synopsis Form - Script.  Follow up  by  sending  us an e-mail  attachment of  your complete  manuscript using the "Contact" link (below).  Type REQUESTED MANUSCRIPT in the subject line.

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Is This an Unsolicited Query?  If you are not an existing Swetky Agency represented author and if you have not been invited to submit your material by an employee of The Swetky Agency, please send us a Submission Synopsis Form for your latest work from one of  these  two pages.  For Books: Submission Synopsis Form - Unsolicited Book.  For scripts: Not accepting unsolicited scripts at this time.

 

Do not  include any attachments with your e-mail, and do not  send the completed  property  to  us

at this time.  If after reviewing your Submission Synopsis Form we feel that we would like to see more of your book based upon our thoughts about its  marketability, we will contact you via e-mail to request that you  send  a complete manuscript.  Do not send any material  to  us via  regular mail without first

Submission Tip: Invest as much energy in preparing your submission

as you did in writing it.  It will have to

stand out among thousands of submissions to garner agency notice.

receiving prior permission  from the agency or it will be summarily discarded. 

If, on the basis of our review of your Unsolicited Submission Synopsis Form, we feel that we might be able to sell your property to a publisher, we will contact you via e-mail to request that you send us a complete copy of your book (or, in the case of a nonfiction proposal, as much of it as you have completed) as an e-mail attachment, using the "Contact" link (below).  Please type the words, REQUESTED MANUSCRIPT, in the subject line.  We will offer you our candid feelings about the possibility of forming a mutually beneficial author-agent representational relationship as soon after that as possible.

 

 

Final Steps to Literary Representation.  Only after having your material accepted for representation and entering into an agreement-in-principle for literary representation by The Swetky Agency, we'll e-mail you an author-agent agreement and request that you sign and return it, along with any other materials  required, at which  time  we  will begin  marketing your materials

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immediately and professionally, relying upon all of the agency contacts in our possession, backed by more than ten years of our publishing industry experience.  To see a sample agency contract, please use the "Back" link below to return to the agency's home page and click on the appropriate link.

Please understand that we will contact you, once you are a represented client, with any substantive interest we receive in your work.  We will not e-mail you when we have nothing to report, and we will not notify you of summary rejections (you've had enough of those already) to our marketing efforts or of lack of editor response to our promotional campaigns.  We will pass along pertinent publisher correspondence and potentially constructive criticism, and we will e-mail you regarding any substantive reasons for rejection of your material when editors provide them to us.  And, of course, we will contact you with any suggestions we have that we believe might make your work more saleable.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to comply with the submission policies above will guarantee the automatic rejection of your material without notification.  E-mail submissions only, please.

 

About Formatting Your Book

Always use the proper formatting for your book.  Failure to do so will very likely cost you an opportunity to see your book published.  SEE AUTHOR'S BOOK-FORMATTING GUIDELINES.

Here's Why To Format This Way...

Publishers are used to seeing manuscripts in one format and do not appreciate or condone other formats.  Creativity is not an option here.  Be creative in your writing.  Be conventional in your presentation.  Get used to setting up your manuscripts according to preferred formatting and always use the proper formatting for your books.  If you don't, you'll have one very serious strike against you from the very start, and that could turn out to be one strike too many!
 

To submit your book or script ONLY AFTER BEING REQUESTED TO DO SO (or if you have any questions or problems regarding the electronic transmission of your work), please contact Faye M. Swetky via the secure CONTACT link below.  For all book and script proposal submissions, please use the appropriate Submission Synopsis Form link above.

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