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Send a query letter via regular mail or e-mail that includes a brief summary of your novel or the scope of your nonfiction project, a short description of why you're writing the project, and any specific credentials you have for writing the book in question, plus the first five pages of the manuscript (fiction only). If sending via regular mail, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. If sending via e-mail, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the word "Query" in the subject line, and include all text in the body of the e-mail. All attachments will be deleted. Response time: six weeks.
It’s important that writers put their best foot (feet?) forward when querying me. This means different things for different books, of course, but it always means an error-free, well written query letter.
Is there a fee for working with agents or do they get part of the commission from the book sales?
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...