14 Aug Submission Package Special
Many writers need expert help when it comes to submissions and we’re delighted to offer that.
First please check that you’ve done the following.
1. Check using the agent or publisher’s website (not just the entry in Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, which can quickly be out of date) that they are accepting submissions, and are interested in your kind of work. Identify the best individual to contact.
2. Check that you have tailored your submission exactly to what they ask for. Look for what they need; usually the opening of your MS, a synopsis and a covering letter but several agents and publishers ask for more; maybe a blurb, maybe an elevator pitch. Pay heed to word counts and give yourself a headstart by not exceeding them by even a few words. Follow guidelines about line spacing and typefaces. Provide your submission in the format required, whether that’s as a Word attachment to an email, pasted in the body of an email itself or printed out and posted. Ensure you have the correct name for the agent or publisher you want to approach and address them appropriately. This does mean that you’ll need to adapt your submission to every individual organisation, but you’ll usually be able to create a template that’s your essential submission package.
Happy with the above? Good stufff. Here’s how we help you maximise your submission’s potential.
Submission Package Special
- We carefully read through your opening up to 10,000 words, your synopsis and your covering letter. We make comments in the margins and write a brief report on all three.
- You return the work to us after making any revisions, and we copy-edit all three documents for you so the prose is as near perfect as possible. If there’s still something major we think could be tweaked, we let you know in a comment.
- If you haven’t got an elevator pitch, we help you write one, and if you include one, we comment on that too: these days they’re important.
Email us: email@example.com
Where you explain what the book’s about; who is telling the story; and what happens and why, right to the end.
The essence of what the book’s about, as attention-grabbing as you can, in one, maximum two brief sentences.
What makes you the perfect person to write a novel, and this novel in particular, and more to come.
Your experience, expertise and any success or highlights, both within writing and your pertinent work or passions.
Why you are applying to this agent or publisher.
How your novel is a good fit for their list. Identify one of their authors whose work yours would sit well alongside – that is, with a similar readership, not a content clone.
What’s attached/enclosed, and how to contact you.