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Send a query letter via mail or e-mail with the first three chapters of the manuscript or proposal attached. If sending via postal mail, include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply. Due to the large volume of submissions, only those e-mail queries that the agent is interested in will be responded to.
Please do not call to follow up on your submission.
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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...