How To Survive With Less Editorial Support

Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Nathan Bransford, literary agent for Curtis Brown, Ltd. blogged yesterday about the book imprint “12″ which only publishes 12 books a year—one per month—and attempts to make each one a bestseller.

As part of this, he points to Moon Rat’s blog, who has some interesting advice for novelists. This advice stems from the fact that most publishers DO NOT follow the “12″ model and instead may attempt to fill a quota, and often give very little editorial support to books prior to them being published. This inattention sometimes means:

  • The agent hasn’t read the entire manuscript
  • Editors don’t have time to work on your “perfect” manuscript
  • The publicist has little time to devote to your book
  • Salespeople haven’t read your book before they sell it

What is the advice in light of this situation? (text simplified by me)