Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!
They want to see my proposal. No sense wasting time. Time to crank it out, get it to her, and wait for the contract…right?
Now is not the time to scrimp. Not the time to hurry. Now is the time to make it publish perfect. If you wowed an editor or agent at conference, then you certainly want to make them happy that he or she requested a look at your work. Convince the individual that he made the right decision.
First things first.
If she didn’t give you what she wanted to see, go to their site, study their process until you know exactly what you are to send.
Now you begin. Your query letter should include a reminder that the two of you spoke at conference. If you had a fun moment, or something that was particularly memorable: you spilled coffee over all of her personal papers. Well, you might not want to bring that one to mind. However, if another memorable moment occurred, then bring it to mind in the letter. Help him to remember who you are, why he wanted to see your work, and take a moment to sell yourself. Don’t assume the invitation meant you sold the project.
Send precisely what they want.
Be sure and thank the individual for taking time out of her schedule, following a conference, the folks are pretty inundated with queries. You want to be the one who stands out amongst the crowd.
This is no time to rush the work. Allow a trusted friend, perhaps a crit partner, to look over your proposal. Listen to criticism, and do it again, if necessary. Just get it right. Take your time to make it perfect.
Following these suggestions might get you nothing but a rejection, but you should always give it your best.
And BTW…best wishes for much success!