“Week Two: Writing the Pitch, Query Letter, Proposal, Resume” (PubSub3rdFri)
Thanks for joining me in Pub Sub 3rd Fri. Our goal commitment is to submit an article, poem, illustration, song, or book manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of each month for a whole year or longer. I’m glad I can count you in.
You’ve said to yourself, “I can do it.” You’ve taken action. During Week One, you sent your creative work to your critique group or to a professional editing service for critique. You chose the publisher for this month’s submission. You printed out this publisher’s guidelines and saved them to your computer in your submissions folder.
Now here are the steps for Pub Sub 3rd Fri – Week Two to take to help you achieve the PubSub3rdFri goal for the month.
1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.
- If the guidelines say to write a query letter and not to send the manuscript, then write your query letter. You can go to Query Shark http://queryshark.blogspot.com/ and check out Charlotte Dillon’s website http://www.charlottedillon.com/query.html/. She has a query sample, names of books, and links to online articles about query letters. Awesome resource! Here’s another telling you how to write a pitch letter for that in-depth article you’ve written: http://www.ehow.com/how_2117753_write-pitch-letter.html
If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it. Good sources for cover letter notes are Moira Allen’s http://www.writing-world.com/basics/cover.shtml and http://resourcesforwriters.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_write_a_cover_letter/.
a. Write a pitch for your manuscript, article, or illustration of 25 words or less and include it and include it in your cover letter. A pitch is an eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article. It can also be called your “Hook.” Here is a great site to see a few pointers about writing a pitch: http://www.ehow.com/how_5824250_write_novel_pitch.html/. You can submit your pitch to the SCBWI list serve email group and ask them for suggestions on revisions of your pitch. Write it on a 3×5 card. If you can’t get it all written on the front side of the card, it’s too long.
b. Mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours would hook readers and attract them to it.
c. If you’re a member of SCBWI, mention that fact in your cover letter. SCBWI has a great reputation with publishers.
- Write your resume. Here is a link to Moira Allen’s walking your through a good one: http://www.writing-world.com/rights/resume.shtml
a. Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.
b. List all memberships in professional organizations.
c. Include all of your publishing credits.
- If necessary, write your proposal. Here’s a link to a site that also has videos on you-tube. http://www.bookproposalwriting.com/
Hopefully, at the end of this year, you will have submitted more creative work than you did last year! That’s something to be proud of! That is a great gift to give yourself!
I hope you hear a publisher say, “YES, I’d like to buy this manuscript of yours.”
Become a Pub Subber.
You’re a Pub Subber when you submit one or more of your quality works on the third Friday of the month (or any other day of the month) to critique groups, editors, agents, or contests. You believe that submitting work often leads to publication.
If you’d like your name listed on the Pub Subbers page, leave a comment or send an email to to me at the address from the left-hand column with your name, the title of your manuscript and where you sent it. Include your webpage or blog, if you like.
Surround yourself with other Pub Subbers. Great minds wander in the same plane.
I invite you to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group to post successes, receive encouragement when you receive a no, ask for advice or help, etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission. Join by sending an email telling why you’d like to join to email@example.com or to me at firstname.lastname@example.org/.
See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more reasons to submit your work often: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/?s=pubsub3rdfri.
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Joan Y. Edwards
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