A Reliable Letter Of Refering For Your Novel
In the competition of the fiction filed, there are more agents now requesting or demanding submissions via E-mail.
They have not changed the rules for presenting first material considerably for about 20 years. Do you know why there are many agents have not accepted the free material of work which no one such as a respected colleague, writer, or editor with whom they have a business relationship refers?
But while the submission guidelines are still relatively unchanged depending on the agent: one-page query; query with five pages; query, synopsis, five pages; query, synopsis, first three chapters, etc., breaking through is more difficult than every. A writer can save a great deal of aggravation, time, and expense by creating and following a plan that enables the percentage points for agent review to be in the author’s favor from the outset.
First, it is critical for a writer to recognize in which sub genre his/her work fits. For example, there are almost a couple of dozen subsets in the Suspense category, alone. Then source agents who have found publishers for comparable works. The AAR website is a great place to start, but another excellent free site is agentquery.com.
Check the acknowledgments page for that writer’s agent. Should a prospective author not have current works in his/her sub-genre at hand, visit the library or a major bookstore and parse this information. Query these agents–even if they profess not to accept unsolicited material. The worst that might happen is a rejection. But you might receive a request to see a portion of your novel, and there is a solid reason why.
People are generally most comfortable with what they know. Agents are no different. And don’t worry about being told because someone handles a book in a like genre that this agent would not be interested in a competing project. Welcome this objection, and ignore it. Familiarity in this instance is most often an asset and not a liability. Agents want books they feel they can sell, and will gravitate toward genres in which they have positive history.
Robert L. Bacon
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