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Send a query letter via mail or e-mail explaining what the work is and why it’s worthy of consideration: Why anyone would want to read it? Perhaps the most important ingredient, especially for nonfiction writers, is the author’s credentials; make those clear and prominent. A short sample is recommended, whether the submission is for nonfiction or fiction. Never use the phrase “fiction novel.” Reporting time can be up to eight weeks.
"An agent is as much an appraiser of the editorial potential of books and stories as a salesperson in a competitive, even unfriendly marketplace. Be able to explain whom you are writing for and why that audience will be compelled to spend $27 for the privilege of reading it. Also: proofread!"
Is strong journalism and column writing considered when judging the talent of a writer seeking to branch out into more creative areas?
If I’m a hermit by choice (find crowds draining, don’t do public speaking well), how does that reduce my chances of being published? Would an agent and/or publisher see that as a marketing...
Is self-publishing my early work going to cost me later in my literary career? Does an agent perceive self-published work as a demerit?