If you want to learn how to write a query letter, synopsis, or proposal, a little bit of research goes a long way. I highly recommend you visit agent blogs/web sites and see what resources they recommend (they may even have resources available at their sites). Here are a few examples of just how easy it is to find some good information.
Rachelle Gardner’s suggestions:
Query letter – http://www.rachellegardner.com/how-to-write-a-query-letter/
Book proposal – http://www.rachellegardner.com/how-to-write-a-book-proposal/
Chip MacGregor’s tips: http://macgregorliterary.com/resources/
Steve Laube’s guidelines: http://stevelaube.com/guidelines/
Hartline Literary Agency:
A Proper Proposal: http://www.hartlineliterary.com/fiction_proposal.html
Professional Proposals: http://www.wherethemapends.com/writerstools/writers_tools_pages/publishing_biz_pages/professional_proposals.htm
It really only took me a few minutes to find all of these links. As you can see, each agent has his or her own preferences. It’s important to know what he or she wants so you can present the right information and make the right impression. You can learn a lot of general information from these links, but it’s even more important to find out what you need to submit to the agent/editor you want.
These documents are the keys that will unlock your door to publication – take the time to do your research and get it right!
Which resources do you recommend for query/synopsis/proposal writing? (Yes, I asked this question last week – maybe we’ll get some more suggestions!)