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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 email@example.com. 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.
For an unpublished writer, does it cost more to seek a literary agent abroad or would it be safer to self-publish first in the home country before seeking an agent in another country?
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?