Friday, February 4, 2011

Writing Hint #6

Happy Friday Everyone!

We are above freezing! The temperature right now is officially 34˚. It is amazing how different 34˚ feels as opposed to -7˚ or… -14˚. Needless to say, I am enjoying these balmy temps.

Now, it is time for…….Writing Hints!!

Writing Hint #6 (Query Hint #3)

Your manuscript is complete and revised, you know the exact placement of your manuscript within the market (i.e., genre, targeted age-group, etc.), and you have compiled a listing of agents who represent what you write. Now what?

The next thing you need to do is research the submission guidelines of each agent that you wish to query. Does the agent want just a query letter? Does the agent want a query letter along with some sample pages? What about a synopsis?

Be sure to follow the submission guidelines exactly. Not doing so could instantly diminish your chances of gaining representation with that agent. If you cannot follow simple directions regarding submission policies, well….*sigh*….

This is your one chance to make a good impression – be professional and follow the guidelines. 


  1. Fantastic post! I'll be following your blog too. :)

  2. LOL--yeah, we've been going through the cold temp thing here. Yesterday we had a balmy -5.

    Oh, and Miranda is one of my crit partners and I followed her over here (from her blog).

  3. Hello, Rebekah! Welcome! :) got really cold again here since this post. We were -9 last night, and we got about a foot of snow yesterday. Talk about a winter wonderland! Fun stuff though. Today the sun is shining and it is gorgeous out. A tromp through the woods might be in order..... :)