After I finish a draft I let the manuscript sit for at least a couple of weeks and then go back and read it over. When I've made all the changes I want to make and have all of the big pieces in place I go down my revision checklist and make sure I haven't missed anything.
One major London agent looks set to risk credibility by charging new writers a whopping £1,600 to get their work in front of people who might be able to sell it.
Writers are constantly told to avoid any agent who charges a fee to consider their work. Such practices are frowned upon by industry watchdogs who tend to feel the flow of money should be from agent to writer - based on deals and sales - and not the other way round.
Jamie Weiss Chilton worked in different areas of publishing before settling into life as an agent at a leading agency for children's and teen literature.
Like any good agent, she learned the industry form the inside, working four years in the editorial department of Random House Children's Books. From there she moved to LA to work for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.