I’m trying to decide how to write what I want to say without sounding like a cranky lady. And then probably the ones who need to see what I have to say won’t see this blog. I’m talking about queries and proposals I get via e-mail. Probably 70% of the queries we receive are not suitable for our agency. I write back and say “have you looked at our web site?” or “did you know that we are a Christian agency?” Most would answer no to both those questions.
On our web site we have listed our proposal guidelines and the genres’ we represent and the ones we do not want to see. Yet many inappropriate proposals come to us. Others come without headers and without the pages numbered. I even write back and request those two items be added; explaining for them to use the insert tab to place the page numbers and put the name of the book/author’s name on every page. And I get them back without either the header or the pages numbered. Am I the only agent who wants these on the proposal pages?
Maybe it’s because today so many people read on the computer, their iPad or another reader, but sometimes I still like to read from hard copies and if the proposal pages get mixed up, it’s hard to find my place. I have to admit I’m doing more reading online than I used to. I ordered an Ink Toner yesterday from HP - $149.00. I probably should not take the time to read any unsolicited queries or proposals, but it’s hard for me to hit that delete button.
It really helps when writers go to conferences and learn how to put their work together so it’s easy for the agents & editors to read them and made a good decision. There are many good conferences coming up. Check out the Christian Readers Market Guide for dates & places. The more professional your work looks, the more apt we are to take it seriously. Writing is a business and the competition is stiff.
We’re here to help you get published and we love doing that. We’ll look forward to hearing from you, just please do your homework before hitting that send button.
God bless you abundantly,
P.S. check out this interview with one of our authors, Jane Kirkpatrick. It’s terrific! www.c-span.org/LocalContent/Bend