The real work begins. A week ago I began to submit to agents in the hopes of receiving representation. I didn't realize it is harder to write an email then it is a book. Everything is so precise, that sometimes I find it can take me longer to write an email then it is to write a chapter in a book. Some tips: follow the submission guidelines to a 't'. If the guidelines are not followed, your email will not be looked at. Do not attach anything to your email unless you are asked; majority of agents want everything in the body of the email. This might be a daunting task, but if you want your manuscript picked up by an agent and eventually a publisher, please follow the instructions. Expect to get rejected also. There are many reasons a book will be rejected, it is not always because the agent does not like your manuscript. Keep in mind, you might get a lot of no's before you get a yes, so DO NOT give up. If this is what you truly want, you will not let anything get in your way.
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Katharine Ann Melton