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Sandra Dijkstra does not accept unsolicited submissions, but does accept referred and recommended projects via e-mail to email@example.com.
For fiction submissions, send a query letter, a one-page synopsis, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), and the first ten to fifteen pages of your manuscript.
For nonfiction submissions, send a query letter, an overview of your project including a chapter outline, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), a description of competing books, and the first ten to fifteen pages of your first chapter. If we are interested we will ask you to send your complete proposal.
Please send all items in the body of the e-mail, not as an attachment.
Due to the high number of unsolicited submissions we receive weekly, we are not able to respond to those queries in which we are not interested. If we are interested in seeing more, we will respond within three weeks.
Please review our agents' profiles to select the agent for whom your project is most appropriate, and send it to her attention only. Let us know in your query letter if we are reading your work exclusively, in which case, we shall give it top priority. Be sure to include all of your contact details (e-mail address and phone number), so that we are able to reach you if we are interested in your project or if we have a question. If you have relevant writing experience (articles, books), and/or have received writing awards, please include details in your cover letter. If you have been referred to us, please be sure to include that information in your cover letter.
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