In Query mode again -- here is what I'm picking as advice from various submittal pages:
- Have a finished manuscript for submittal (but don't submit).
- Follow an agent's instructions for submittal EXACTLY; the primary one being, submit a query if your work falls into the category of what they're looking for now; which is usually on their site/blog/or twitter feed.
- Start the letter with the agent's name; you're trying to sell something, you should know your customer.
- Tell them why you have selected to write to them.
- Give the title of your work, and the word count.
Spend time on your query - it shouldn't be crafted after too much wine, feeling desperate late at night.
In addition to the basics - agents are looking for:
- Strong Plots
- Tell them a LITTLE about yourself.
An agent may also be interested in:
- A synopsis
- A marketng plan
- Why you wrote the book
- Publishing credentials
What should not be in the query is the following:
- Rudeness & Arragance
Bottom line, be professional, represent yourself well !