The Writing side
*Always be polite. I know this sounds simple, but remember editors and agents are people too.
*Keep your query letters to one page. Click here to view article on query letters.
*When an editor or agent asks to see three chapters, send in the first three consecutive chapters. If you think that chapter five, six and seven are better than one, two and three than perhaps you should consider rewriting the beginning of your novel.
*Study the market. Don’t send a paranormal contemporary book to an editor or agent who only wants historical romance.
*Send the requested material the way it’s been requested. Most editors and agents are only accepting email submissions. Don’t send any attachments unless they give you permission to do so.
*Remember this is a hurry up and wait business. An editor or agent might be excited about your manuscript and want to see it right way, but it could take upwards of three-six months, maybe even a year before you hear back.
*If you are considering independently publishing, learn the craft of writing, get your book professionally edited, and if possible use a cover artist for your book covers. There are plenty of affordable services out there.
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My can’t live without Resource books
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
First Draft in 30 Days by Karen S. Wiesner
A World of Baby Names
Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life edited by Barnaby Conrad and Monte Schulz
Costume in Detail women’s dress 1730-1930
The Writer’s Guide to Everyday life in the 1800’s
Writing from the Inside Out by Dennis Palumbo
Guide to Wine
The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Choosing Wine
The Flip Dictionary