Write pitch, query letter, cover letter, resume, bio, and/or proposal. Follow the guidelines of the editor, agent, or contest.
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1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.
2. Both query letters and cover letters need a short pitch of 25 words or less. A pitch is an eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article. It can also be called your “Hook.” Ask your critique group or partner to help you formulate a good 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.
- Write a query letter.
a. To see how Query Shark revises query letters so they work, go to: http://queryshark.blogspot.com/.
b. For a query sample, names of books and links to online articles about query letters, check out Charlotte Dillon’s website: http://www.charlottedillon.com/query.html/. Awesome resource!
c. To see how to write a pitch (query) letter for an article you’ve written: http://www.ehow.com/how_2117753_write-pitch-letter.html
3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it. A good cover letter:
a. Leads off with the pitch for your manuscript.
b. Mentions one book published by the editor or represented by the agent that is similar to yours and how yours would hook readers and attract them to it.
c. Mentions if you’re a member of SCBWI. SCBWI has a great reputation with publishers.
d. Asks a question: I hope you will publish my book or I hope you will represent me as my agent.
Good sources for cover letter notes follow:
- Ginny Wiehardt. “Cover Letter Advice.”Fiction Writing.com http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/thebusinessofwriting/tp/coverslettershowto.htm
- Jimmy Sweeney. Quint Careers.com. “Effective cover Letter.” http://www.quintcareers.com/effective_cover-letter.html
- John Floyd. “Cover Me – I’m Going In!” http://www.writing-world.com/queries/floyd.shtml
- Moira Allen. “Cover Letters: When, How and Why to Use Them.” http://www.writing-world.com/queries/cover.shtml
4. Write your resume or bio. 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 you don’t have any publishing credits, list your blog, number of views and number of subscribers.
5. If necessary, write your proposal. Book Proposal Writing.com has a link to a proposal and also videos on YouTube: http://bookproposalwriting.com/write-book-proposal/
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 “YES, I’d like to purchase your manuscript” from a publisher.
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, etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission.
To join send me an email with your first and last name and why you’d like to be a Pub Subber to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then I’ll send you an invitation! Fun, fun, fun!
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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