Improve Your Manuscript
Write a Catchy Query Letter.
Tell the agent how you heard about them.
Research. Make sure to address your query to a specific agent who specializes in your type of writing.
Briefly describe the plot of your manuscript.
Make sure to include the number of words in your manuscript.
Also include the type of manuscript and the publisher and line you are targeting, if applicable.
Bios get your foot in the door. Mention any published works you may have.
Describe any expertise you have on the subject you’re writing about.
Be brief. A one-page query letter is best.
Write a Great Synopsis.
The synopsis for fiction works should include the beginning, the conflicts, the resolutions and the ending.
It must be written in the present tense.
A synopsis represents you and your work. Take your time, make it interesting, read it out loud, and wherever necessary, improve…improve…improve it, until you are happy with the final result.
BE PATIENT! Agents receive countless queries per week.
The waiting game may be the hardest part for a writer. Be assured that any legitimate literary agency you’re querying is doing its best to make sure your submission will receive a fair and thorough reading. Remember, however, that an agent’s first responsibility is to already contracted clients. Their “needs and reads” are top priority and must be dealt with before any query can be read and answered.
Once an agent agrees to represent you, patience is again required as the agent attempts to capture an editor’s interest in order to make a sale.