Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video General dos and don'ts of querying, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Narrator] Let's go through a few important dos and don'ts…for querying in general.…Please keep these in mind…as you send out your query letters to agents.…One of these can cost you representation,…so it's really important that you follow them.…Always follow the agency's submission guidelines.…If they have guidelines posted on their website,…then they want you to follow them.…Failing to follow them will only make them think…you didn't do your research before you queried them.…If an agency does not have submission guidelines…on their website, or in your agent directory,…then just email them a query letter and nothing else.…
Never submit a full or partial manuscript to an agent…unless it's requested.…This is a huge no-no and can result in your query letter…simply getting thrown out.…For email queries, never attach anything to the email,…unless specifically asked to do so by the agent…or their submission guidelines.…Emails with attachments are often deleted automatically…to protect the agency against viruses.…
- Comparing traditional publishing and self-publishing
- Writing and revising your novel
- Finding an agent
- Perfecting your pitch
- Writing a query letter
- Researching agents
- Submitting to agents
- Reading your book contract
- Negotiating advances and royalties
- Understanding the publishing process
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Overview of the Publishing Process
Why I created this course2m 32s
2. Writing and Revising Your Novel
3. Introduction to Literary Agents
4. Creating and Perfecting Your Pitch
5. Writing Your Query Letter
6. Researching Agents
7. Submitting to Agents
8. Selling Your Novel
9. Navigating Your First Book Contract
10. The Publishing Process
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