1. Can you confidently say what your story is about, in 3 sentences or less?
2. Have you let your manuscript sit undisturbed for at least a few weeks, and then read it again?
3. Are you finished sending it out to critique partners, beta readers, or helpful friends, with an “input welcome” sticky note attached?
4. Is it the best work you are currently capable of?
If you have 4 check marks, you are ready. Now, write a kick-ass query letter, research the best literary agents for your work, and send your baby out into the world!
But wait! How do you know if you’ve written a kick-ass query letter? How do you know if the agents you’re sending it to are the best agents for your work? Well, you can read this to check in about your query and look at this about researching agents. Good luck!