|by the amazing Mark Weber|
Subbing your ms to agents has definitely changed. No more do you print out reams of paper and ship them off in a box. Now you query and send full requested manuscript via email. And we agents then forward your email with the requested full manuscript to our e-reader, which for me is a kindle. So here are some important tips to help you sub successfully in the digital age:
1. When sending a requested manuscript via email, always send it as a .doc not a .docx since agents/editors cannot forward .docx to their kindles. (updated Jan 2012-Kindles now can download .docx)
2. Name your document/manuscript using your name and title of ms--example: Mellom DITCHED.doc--much of your title will be cut off on the Kindle Home Page so seeing your last name and first couple of words of your title really helps. Let's say we gab via Twitter and I think, I'm going to read her ms tonight....but without your name I have to scroll thru all of the ms on my kindle to figure out which one is yours. I might just stop at someone else's if theirs catches my eye first.
3. Put all your contact info---Name, Phone Number, Email Address--- on the first page of your document before the title so I can hit ‘Go to Beginning’ on my kindle, easily find your contact info, and call or email you with good news.
4. BTW, your query is a biz letter but not formatted like the old typewriter/snail mail days so don't format it as such. No need to put your return address on top left, and then date, etc. Put all that at the end under your name....it becomes your signature. If I am reading your query on my phone, I am not going to scroll thru all that to get to your query. I’ll save it for later when I am at my computer, and by then your query email has about 35 emails that came in after that. I do a lot of requesting via my phone---email you back for a request, not calling.
Here is my signature on every email I send, do something similar for yours.
5. If you have a website and/or blog, please put it in your signature. I am going to google you if I am interested and probably before I request your full (screening for crazy here and hoping to find wonderful kudos about you) so direct me to what you want me to see rather than letting google reveal who you are, or making me read through the 7 million John Smith's to figure out which one is you.
6. Questions on how to write a query letter? See these posts:
7. Advice on how to write a kick-ass manuscript:
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