The Review Process
Many people call us after they have sent in their material to find out what the status of their project is. To avoid any confusion and anxiety, below is an outline of our review process. Please take the time to read it so that you can understand more about how PMA works.
- Step One: Initial Query
Please allow four to six weeks for our response to your query letter.
- Step Two: Pass or Pursue
If we wish to see more of your work based on your initial query, we will request one to three sample chapters, your manuscript in its entirety, your nonfiction proposal or your completed screenplay. If we respond positively to your query letter but decline the opportunity to pursue a project further based on the work you send to us, it generally means that we were intrigued by the premise of the work, but felt that the execution was not as masterful as it would need to be in order to succeed in today’s literary marketplace. At this point, we will either offer to review a revision of the work or we will encourage you to seek representation elsewhere.
- Step Three: Preliminary Read
Once we receive the requested materials, our Staff will give the project a preliminary read within six to eight weeks. If the Preliminary Reader finds merit in the work, he or she will share it with other PMA Colleagues. If the reader determines that the work is not suited to PMA, he or she will notify the Author with a letter.
- Step Four: In-Depth Evaluation
Projects that make it to the in-depth evaluation receive much closer scrutiny than the preliminary reading round, and this closer look takes time. Multiple PMA associates will critique the work on the basis of literary merit and commercial viability, then we will make a determination whether to offer or decline representation. Please try to be patient during this process; if you do not hear from us within three months, please feel free to call or e-mail for a status check.
- Step Five: Contractual Representation
Once our office determines that your book or screenplay is ready for the commercial marketplace, we will offer you our standard management agreement, which states our commitment to selling your project, as well as your exclusivity to our company.
- Step Six: Editorial Revision
If deemed necessary, our Staff will provide you with editorial notes on your project (anywhere from two to a dozen pages in length), which will guide you in improving the quality as well as the commercial viability of the piece. This is a free service that we offer our clients.
- Step Seven: Submissions
PMA maintains an extensive network of contacts in both the publishing and film industries. Once we have signed you up, we create a list of potential editors, producers or studio executives who are likely to respond to your work. We then make our formal submissions.
- Step Eight: Auction
If more than one editor or producer shows interest in a project, PMA holds a bidding auction, with the goal being obtaining the best overall deal for our Client. We take into consideration not only the finer points of the financial offer, but intangibles such as the current climate at specific publishing houses and the success rate of the individual editor.
- Step Nine: Contract
PMA presents its Clients with the best possible terms from each Publisher and Producer, explaining various clauses and industry protocol. We then make recommendations to our Clients based on our experience. Once our Client approves a deal, a contract is drafted and signed, and then PMA begins the task of marketing your book in various foreign and ancillary markets (such as audio, e-books, large print, etc.).