Ask an Agent Series: Kimberley Cameron

Kimberley Cameron is the President at Kimberley Cameron & Associates, For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Kimberly what she typically looks for when she considers manuscripts for representation (as well as what tips she could provide for writers interested in publishing their work).  Here's what she said:
 

WHAT SPECIFIC CRITERIA DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN CONSIDERING A MANUSCRIPT FOR PUBLICATION?

I always hope that the author has worked and reworked it enough so that it's CLOSE to being ready for the market, which is more competitive than ever.

 

WHAT SHOULD A WRITER INCLUDE IN A QUERY TO AN AGENT?

The letter should be professional and include a bit of information of why he is hoping to work with our particular agency, some information about himself or herself, and a three or four sentence description of the novel that will stimulate our curiosity and interest!

 

AS AN AGENT, I SUSPECT YOU RECEIVE MANUSCRIPTS THAT AREN'T QUITE FINISHED. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS CONCERNING REVISION/EDITING? 

As suggested, have another set of eyes go through the manuscript (not your best friend or mother), and make it the very best it can be before submitting it, as you usually have only one opportunity with an agent.  We take all submissions seriously.

 

WHAT IRRITATES YOU AS AN AGENT WHEN YOU'RE EVALUATING A MANUSCRIPT FOR PUBLICATION?

Punctuation sloppy errors – if you send it to an agent, it should be in the best shape possible.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU PROVIDE TO WRITERS WHO WANT TO SECURE AN AGENT?

It's a relationship, so treat it going in with respect – be polite, professional and courteous, and another pet peeve 🙂   Don't shorten our names. My name is Kimberley, not Kim (Not a huge deal, but!)

 

IS SELF-PUBLISHING A GOOD OPTION?

My advice is to try to secure an agent and get published traditionally first, especially if you are NOT a social media maven!  If you try and it doesn't work out, self – publishing can work, if you promote yourself and your book.

 

Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Kimberley Cameron

About Kimberley Cameron

Kimberley Cameron grew up loving books—going to the library was the highlight of her week during her early years. New adventures beckoned behind every spine and now she feels the same way when she reads a manuscript. She wants to fall in love with a writer's words... She began her literary career as an agent trainee at the Marjel de Lauer Agency in association with Jay Garon in New York. She worked for several years at MGM developing books for motion pictures. She was the co-founder of Knightsbridge Publishing Company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. In 1993 she became partners with Dorris Halsey of The Reece Halsey Agency, founded in 1957. Among its clients have been Aldous Huxley, William Faulkner, Upton Sinclair, and Henry Miller. She opened Reece Halsey North in 1995 and Reece Halsey Paris in 2006. Her associate Elizabeth Evans opened Reece Halsey New York in 2008, and in 2009 the agency became Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She resides and works from Tiburon, California and Paris, France, with many visits to New York to make the rounds of editorial offices. She is looking for exceptional writing in any field, particularly writing that touches the heart, and makes us feel something. She's been successful with many different genres, and especially loves the thrill of securing representation for debut authors. She represents both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, with the exception of romance, children's books and screenplays.