The postmen around here hate me – I live right at the end of a cul-de-sac – right at the end of a route, and have the heaviest parcels in the village. For this blog I’m going to focus on five very practical elements of a submission. In fact there are certain ways of writing a synopsis that guarantee I will reject a submission point-blank. It's a tough fact of life as an aspiring writer that often a submission gets no further than the bin or the delete button on an agent's computer.
In fact there are certain ways of writing a synopsis that guarantee I will reject a submission point-blank. I hesitated over whether to include the following information; what follows may sound blindingly obvious to the reader.
Now I’m going to throw out my ideas about making the first pitch to either a publisher or an agent.
This is not in any sense to suggest that I have the …
Writing an effective one may take you a long time, but it is well worth the trouble.
The whole thing should: When an agent approaches a publisher to enthuse about a new author, they will have to justify the claims they make on your behalf. Most houses ask for manuscripts to be double-spaced.
But after consultations with various publishers and agents, and hearing repeated instances of writers not thinking through when and what they send, guidance is perhaps needed …
Literary agents will read the manuscript you send, and some the synopsis, but all will read the covering letter.
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