Every year during WNFIN, I ask a few literary agents to offer trips about how to write book proposals and query letters. (You can read some here, here, here, and here, or search the site for more.) This year, I’ve asked my experts to discuss what agents and acquisitions editors seek–what makes them want to pick up the phone and call a writer or send off an email requesting more material or actually drawn up a contract. Today, literary agent Michael Larsen, author of How to Write a Book Proposal, tells you how to excite an agent or acquisitions editor with a query or a proposal. Apply his advice to both, and you might get the response you seek. NA
Now is the best time ever to be a writer. But to get the best editor, publisher, and deal for your book, you have to excite agents or editors about your work. Here are ten ways to do it:
1. Your query letter
Your query letter has to convince agents and editors to read your work. Every word must be right, and you must tell them only what they need to know to make them eager to see it.
2. Your idea
Here are three questions to ask yourself before deciding to write your book: (To read the rest of this blog post, please click here.)
This post is part of National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo) and Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN). To learn more about these events, visit www.writenonfictioninnovember.com, this blog’s sister blog.
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