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mesh138
03-03-2006, 02:05 PM
I have compiled a list of five agenst who I feel might be interested in my work. I have printed up all the query letters asking for representation, and plan to send three chapters with each letter. Only question now- do I also send my synopsis (Which is 9 pages). Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Also- the agent I like the best is not accepting unsolicited queries. What is a budding writer to do?

RoccoMom
03-03-2006, 02:38 PM
Try to shorten your synopsis to 2 pages, and send that agent an email query.

mesh138
03-03-2006, 03:20 PM
One of the agents I am querying is a contact I made at a writer's conference. Since this is requested material, I am not e-querying first. What do you think- still send the synopsis in snailmail?

RoccoMom
03-03-2006, 05:15 PM
if it is requested material, by all means send them the synopsis and chapters - or entire ms, if that is what he/she told you.

RoccoMom
03-03-2006, 05:16 PM
and, oh, yes, they usually prefer everything by snailmail after they request it, unless they specifically tell you that you can email it to them.


That has been my experience, anyway.

IHeartWriting
03-04-2006, 12:41 AM
Unless they ask for them in their guidelines, do not send your sample chapters with the query letter.

waylander
03-04-2006, 12:52 AM
Miss Snark's view is that a standard query includes a sample of the writing, say 5 pages.

Branwyn
03-04-2006, 03:22 AM
Miss Snark's view is that a standard query includes a sample of the writing, say 5 pages.

I did the same thing after reading what Miss Snark suggested. A query with five pages even though the guidelines didn't ask for it. I agree with Miss Snark, if they like it,they're not going to pass.

scfirenice
03-04-2006, 04:41 AM
I would never send what they don't ask for either on their webpage or your reference book, but then I usually play it by the book. I agree with Baywitch that they probably wouldn't pass and if they are that big of a jerk TO pass b/c you sent more, then they aren't for you anyway. There WAS an interview with Donald Maas and he said if he got more then he asked for he trashed it fearing the person couldn't follow directions or hadn't bothered to do their research....take it with the grain of salt.

aruna
03-04-2006, 11:02 AM
I would never send what they don't ask for either on their webpage or your reference book, but then I usually play it by the book. I agree with Baywitch that they probably wouldn't pass and if they are that big of a jerk TO pass b/c you sent more, then they aren't for you anyway. There WAS an interview with Donald Maas and he said if he got more then he asked for he trashed it fearing the person couldn't follow directions or hadn't bothered to do their research....take it with the grain of salt.

Hmmm. Donald Maass just asked for my first 50 pages. He didn't mention a synopsis, but I was going to send one anyway. Maybe I better not.... thanks for the tip!