This is in regards to when you’re ready to submit your manuscript to an agent.
-Query letters/synopsis for submission to agents
-A good query letter should be brief—sell yourself and sell your book
-Do your research and adhere to the requested format!
-Need to capture reviewer right at the start, then elaborate a little further on stories/characters
-Explain why you’re qualified to right this book (your bio should be relevant to the story)
-Don’t copy a generic submission template
-You’re applying for a job—be pleasant and business-like. Present yourself as someone your agent/publisher would want to work with. Your bio is your resume.
-Agent website/blogs tell what they require and some talk about what they like/don’t like to see in query letters.
-Synopsis—sample of your writing skills. 1, 3, and 5 page overview of story. Don’t leave cliffhangers/surprises. Tell it all. Touch on major characters, conflict, resolution, key story element. Start with 5 pages, then cut down to 3 pages, then cut down to 1 (working backwards is easier to get the meat of the story down to a one-page synopsis for submission).
-Follow agent’s directions for initial story submissions (first 3 chapters, first 50 pages etc).
-You have to be really damn good in order to break the rules.