Score! You guys are going to love this next series of Monday writer’s-help posts!


Wahoo! I’m so excited!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting fellow Month9Books author Donna Galanti. While we were chatting, she mentioned that in her past life she was an intern at a literary agent.

My ears perked up. “Really? What did you do there?”

Are you ready for this? She combed the slush pile.

That means if you had submitted to this agent, your manuscript would have to get through HER FIRST before the novel was even seen by the agent.


If you are unaware, this is really, really common. Many agents use interns to weed through the manuscripts and provide feedback on the submissions. These people are the “gatekeepers”. If you don’t make them happy, you are one step closer to a rejection.

So, how do you make sure your manuscript gets through the gatekeeper?

Well, we’re going to show you!


Donna kept extensive notes on all the manuscripts she reviewed, and over the next few weeks, she is going to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly – and how YOU can keep yourself out of the reject pile.

Posts start next week. This is not to be missed if you are querying!

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14 responses to “Score! You guys are going to love this next series of Monday writer’s-help posts!

  1. Wow! I bet a lot of writers will find your new series to be another gold mine of great information! I’ll be reading. 🙂

  2. Back from BookCon (like you Jennifer!!) and catching up and thought oh, noooo, was I supposed to be on here today! Pheww…you just posted a teaser. Love it! Will check back next week. Hopefully I can share some nuggets that help some folks out! I know, as a first reader intern who had to de-construct manuscripts it was like a HUGE learning process just to help me see issues in my own work. Stay tuned folks! And thanks to the awesome Jennifer for inviting me on!

  3. Cool beans! (And I do NOT use that term lightly.)

  4. Awesome! Thanks for putting that together!

  5. Victoria Marie Lees

    Wonderful, Jennifer. I can’t wait.

  6. Sounds marvelous. I look forward to upcoming series. 😛

  7. Perfect timing as I’m getting ready to push my novel manuscript into the final phases of edit and polish before marketing it later this summer. Thanks for scouting the path for us:)