Publishing Simon Says…

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS PEOPLE!As a writer in the midst of my own Querying Apocalypse, I’ve always assumed you had to go to the targeted Agent’s website, look at the submission guidelines and follow them.  This is the literary version of Simon Says.  If you don’t follow the directions, you are out.

QueryTracker.net posted on its blog about this topic.

Your working relationship with an agent should last (ideally) for years. It’s worth the three minutes to double-check the agent’s website or Publisher’s Marketplace page. And as it turns out, I’m not alone in this opinion:

The agent’s genres may change. Their requirements may change. They may open to queries or close to them. Find out.

Find out because if you can follow the directions, you’re already above 80% of queriers.

A Query Letter is the first step in beginning a relationship that has the potential to be profitable for both of you. Providing the requested information AND in the format they desire shows the Agent you can follow directions. The letter you create needs to be flexible enough to meet the needs of the Agents while showcasing yourself.

Querying can be a long and discouraging process.  Make it easier on yourself and provide your Targeted Agent what they are requesting.

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