Quote Originally Posted by klxr250 View Post
Hi Nathan

Can we usually ask specifics of changes needed to the manuscript before signing an agreement?

How much rights can we retain to keep the way the manuscript is?

Does each agent typically handle one market, even in the case of children's picture books?

Best,
Jin Pyn
I'm not quite sure I understand the first two questions -- are you talking about prior to securing representation or prior to publishing the book? There are many opportunities to make changes to a manuscript prior to publication. An agent will probably want some changes, then the editor will draft an editorial letter and suggest changes, then a copyeditor will suggest changes, and then there's a final pass. So a manuscript really is in flux for quite a while, but usually no changes can be made to the manuscript unless you say it's ok.