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Send a one-page query letter via e-mail, including a brief synopsis of your book, a short bio with any writing education, previous publications, awards, and any other related information. For fiction, please include the first five chapters. For nonfiction, send a proposal (if available) or the first five chapters and a summary. Response time: "I request eight weeks to read but usually reply much sooner."
"I like to see any previous publications / writing education and comparable titles."
What is the best advice you can give young writers who are applying to MFA programs?
Do agents really read synopses? Isn’t a ten-page sample more useful?
I write literary fiction and have completed four novels and one hundred pages of a memoir with a proposal. I’ve published extensively in literary journals and anthologies—stories excerpted from...