FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have a question. Can I call to get my answer?
Unfortunately, due to time constraints all phone calls must be scheduled in advance. Email is our preferred method of communication. Please direct general inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What categories do you specialize in?
Literary fiction, literary nonfiction, and general nonfiction. Our emphasis is on sophisticated, innovative, and intellectually ambitious writing with a contemporary sensibility — from Canada and around the world.
Are there any categories you are not interested in representing?
Screenplays, stage plays, poetry, short story collections, genre fiction (such as historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller, romance or western), children’s literature, young adult literature, religious fiction, practical religion and spirituality, inspirational, self-improvement, erotica, business, scholarly works, reference guides, true crime, cookbooks, illustrated books, and books with a strictly local or regional audience.
Are you currently accepting queries?
We are building our client list and enthusiastically welcome queries from established and emerging writers of all backgrounds and identities. Please see our Submission Guidelines for more details.
Do you accept submissions by regular mail?
We only accept electronic submissions, via email. Please see our Submission Guidelines for more details.
Do I need to include a query letter with my submission?
A query letter is required. Include it as the first page of your submission document.
Should I just send my manuscript for your consideration?
Unsolicited manuscripts will not be reviewed. For fiction, we require a query letter, a detailed synopsis or chapter-by-chapter outline of the novel, and the first two chapters of the manuscript. For nonfiction, please send a query letter, a detailed book proposal, your CV or résumé, and a sample chapter. For more information, please refer to our Submission Guidelines.
I have just completed the first draft of my novel. Can I send sample chapters from this?
No. We only want to see chapters from a manuscript that has been mercilessly revised and polished.
Any submissions-related tips?
Make sure you read the guidelines carefully and adhere to them. And make every effort to send a polished, typo-free submission. Show that you are a professional and that you want to be taken seriously.
I received a rather encouraging rejection email. Does that mean I should revise and resubmit?
Unless we specifically asked you to resubmit, please do not.
Do you charge reading fees?
No. Willenfield Literary is committed to the highest standards in literary representation and does not charge reading fees.
Does Willenfield Literary use a written agreement?
Prospective clients will be required to sign an at-will agreement with our agency that informs them of their rights and responsibilities. The agreement also defines the terms of our working relationship.
What rights do you handle?
Willenfield Literary offers a comprehensive service. Domestic (Canadian and American) rights will be sold directly, while specialist co-agents or sub-agents will be engaged for the sale of subsidiary rights like film, television, foreign, translation, audio, and digital.
What are your commission rates?
We take the standard commission of 15% on all domestic (Canadian and American) sales and 25% for international sales. This includes all advance and royalty payments for the life of the book.
What next after submitting my work?
Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to all queries. If we are interested in your submission, you should expect to hear from us within 8 weeks. If more than 8 weeks have passed and you have not heard from us, you can assume that we are not interested in pursuing your project.
I still have questions, what should I do?
Send your question to email@example.com, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you.