Please carefully follow our submission instructions. You'll notice there are several categories from which you may choose to place your work.
Once you hit the send button, you should almost immediately receive a confirmation of receipt from us. From there, here's what we suggest:
If you haven't heard from us within eight weeks, DO NOT PANIC. Every literary agent's plate is filled with the three C's; that's Clients, Contracts, and Conferences. Mind you, these are a few of our fav-or-ite things, and it's safe to say we're nearly dancing at our desks when our own calendars are filled with book releases, workshops, and other industry-related events. But, all of the excitement can affect our best-laid plans.
And, here's an insider secret: if you have submitted to some agents (AKALM included) between September and November, or February and May, there is a good chance response will be running longer than the shortest response time stated. Please understand those are potentially the times of year agents are most active in the chatting up of editors and publishers about the works of current clients. As for us, we may run way past the dignified two month period depending upon current conditions. Remember those three C's. It's the busy-ness of the business, and we respect your decision to pull your submission if you simply cannot wait for individualized attention.
If you've decided you can hang out with us, we thank you. Further, we encourage you to go ahead and place one more star two weeks past that eight-week mark which takes you to the ten-week mark. Do it up nicely if you like, draw some swirls and curly cues around your star. Make it a big deal! Since you've been keeping tabs on us and interacting via social media, you'll have an idea of what we've been up to as of late. Have we been chatty about a particular author and their success, that anticipated book release, workshop, conference, or even an impending root canal? As much as we would like to hold fast to our promised schedule, we sometimes break the rules. You'll find literary agents are quite far from perfect. At AKALM we believe in the good relationship from the beginning. No robots, no snark. We're us, and we're honored.
The point of all this is that we take your work and our treatment of such very seriously. We endeavor to read and respond to every submission we receive, and that process proves to be time-consuming. Mind you; we aren't complaining. We like the idea of personal attention, and we believe your work deserves its share of that specialized treatment. So, mark your calendar and hang on for the ride. Should that urge to forward your submission again, or via snail mail strike, you have our permission to beat it down by whatever means you feel are most effective. Don't do it. Resubmissions confuse the system.
Just by chance, if you wake up to that third shiny star and (gasp!) we haven't addressed your submission, we encourage you to rattle our cage, ever so gently. There are a variety of ways to get in touch. You'll find that information on the "Contact Us" page of this site. We welcome such interaction and enjoy getting to know you. However, a word to the wise; kind words, and promises of virtual chocolate, kitty treats for Meatball, Milk Bones for Sadie, and an attitude of professionalism always help the process along. Yes, we know this is all virtual, but a virtually happy life must seep into our being. Somehow.
Finally, please let us know soonest if the conditions change surrounding your work. If another agency offers representation, please let us know. If you've decided you want to rewrite your submission from the ground up, please let us know. If the lottery gods have smiled down on you or you've chosen to manage writing conferences in Hawaii, please let us know. We can help!
Until then, thank you. We'll be in touch as soon as possible.
AKA Literary Management Team