Your work is the most important thing to us. Here we go over some of the more prosaic parts of getting your novel start on the path to publishing.
The Cover Letter
Surprisingly important, the cover letter is your chance to introduce yourself to us. We have your synopsis so don’t worry about putting too much of the summary or plot of your novel in here. We are looking more for items of interest about you. What do you do now? Why did you write the book? Where did you grow up? What is your life like? All of these details help us form a picture of you as an author.
Clarity is the name of the game here – keep it short, sweet and to the point. The goal of the cover letter is an introduction, not your life story.
- KEEP IT SHORT
- TELL US WHY YOU WRITE
- DON’T WRITE A SYNOPSIS HERE
Since we can't read every word of every book we receive (though we would really like to), we ask that you send a brief synopsis of the plot so we can get a sense of the arc of the book. Synopses are some of the hardest bits of writing for any author. They need to be exciting, pithy and exacting in their sharpness. You should spend serious time getting this right. Most authors find a synopsis to be a very useful writing tool that can even help improve your book as a whole.
- 250 WORDS ONLY
- DON'T SLEEP ON IT – IT MATTERS
- CONCENTRATE ON BROAD STROKES, NOT MINUTE DETAILS
Your relationship with your agent is like any relationship – it needs a spark in the beginning to be successful in the long term. Agents are people too, we want to get to know both you and your writing as much as we can. When you are choosing which of us to send your submission to, make sure to note our genres and read our bio. A good fit here can go a long way. We want to know that you have put your research in and know that some of us don't like sci-fi while others of us love spaceships and Mars more than life itself.
- IT'S A TWO WAY STREET
- DO YOUR RESEARCH
- SELL YOURSELF AND YOUR WRITING