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Proach
11-16-2011, 01:38 AM
Hi,

I'm in the process of querying agents for my 2nd novel, 'To be Maria', but am getting confused over one little thing. Do you capitalize the first letter when listing the genre/genres that your book falls under?

Will it make a difference to the agent whether its capitalized or not?

Thanks

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Karen Junker
11-16-2011, 02:01 AM
Don't capitalize. Yes, it makes a difference.

Proach
11-16-2011, 02:41 AM
Thanks. Another question, should you italicize the title of your book or capitalize it?

Karen Junker
11-16-2011, 03:14 AM
Title should be in all caps.

Proach
11-16-2011, 04:15 AM
Thank you so much for your input. It's greatly appreciated. I can say I've flubbed, probably going to get nothing but rejections from the agents I did submit to, but it's still early in the game.

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Karen Junker
11-16-2011, 04:58 AM
I don't think you should worry too much--if your query is outstanding in every other way! Good luck!

Proach
11-16-2011, 10:35 PM
Thanks, Karen.

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RunWrite
11-24-2011, 05:58 AM
Hm . . . I italicized the title. Oops.

Tromboli
11-24-2011, 08:20 AM
Yea, that was one thing I hadn't heard anywhere either. It wasn't until I started reading in Query Letter Hell and noticed the title capitalized in almost all of them.

SummerSurf57
11-24-2011, 08:48 AM
Well, I don't think you have to, but I definately would.

Terie
11-24-2011, 02:50 PM
On the italicisation question, it depends on the format in which you're querying. If you're sending a hardcopy letter via snail mail, italicise titles. If you're sending e-mail, use all capitals LIKE THIS. The reason for the latter is that italics don't always 'stick' in e-mail -- that is, the words might or might not appear in italics upon receipt; it depends on the recipient's e-mail client. Whereas all-caps always stick.

Corinne Duyvis
11-24-2011, 03:15 PM
Thank you so much for your input. It's greatly appreciated. I can say I've flubbed, probably going to get nothing but rejections from the agents I did submit to, but it's still early in the game.

No agent will reject you based on a capitalized genre or lowercase title. It may stand out as "hm, not a good sign" but if the rest of the query is good, they'll still ask to see more.

RunWrite
11-24-2011, 07:21 PM
Another newb mistake I realize I just made -- not including contact info in the e-queries. I guess I assumed the reply would be via reply, and I have gotten some rejects that way, but I'm thinking it also looks less professional. Live and learn.