Well, it looks like I have finally found a newish but legit literary agency willing to represent one of my novels.
Unfortunately, I am not particularly good with the business aspect of writing fiction. Anyone out there willing to answer a few puzzled questions via email? For example, it would have been good if I had known previously that, while the official definition of a novel is 40,000+ words, in reality most publishers won't look at anything under about 80,000. (My most pressing need at the moment is to find an extra 15,000 words that will go seamlessly into the current manuscript).
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