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Only a cover letter should be sent during first communication and it should contain an introduction of the writer and any previous publications, a paragraph summarizing the project in a way that would be similar to jacket copy on a finished book, and comprehensive contact information, with exclusivity status if applicable.
“My tips for prospective clients are to shoot for a page of information in that cover letter/e-mail, so that I'm neither overwhelmed nor puzzled by what you're offering. A query should refer to the project on which you are focusing your primary attention—not four different novels that you've written over the past decade, which haven't found homes. I always appreciate a personal touch and I am always grateful for context on an author's experience whenever it has influence the project that they are presenting.”
The first story I ever submitted will be published next the spring by an online magazine for no money. Does this limit the possibilities of publishing it elsewhere?
If I have many different forms of writing (self-published memoir, finished screenplay, completed short stories with an outline for a full short story collection, already...
Can I send a query for my book to more than one agent?