I am working on the next post which will detail the POD process. While you’re waiting for me to finish, you might want to take a look at the first few pages of my newest book; Killer Performance
Things you must do before contacting agents.
1. Have a completed manuscript
a. It has been completely read and corrected by a copy editor
b. It is property formatted
i. Double spaced
ii. 1” margins on all sides
iii. Title page with contact information
iv. No extra spaces at the ends of paragraphs
v. 12 point fonts preferably times roman or courier
vi. Each paragraph indented one half inch
vii. Each new chapter with heading one third down the page
viii. Page number, title and your last name top left in the header on each page
2. You know the word count (not the page count) of your book
3. You know the genre (and the minimum word count for your genre)
4. You have written a kick-ass, intriguing, grammatically correct two page summary of the book that includes how it ends.
5. You have written a five paragraph pitch of the book –
a. First paragraph – greeting, your name, book title, genre and word count.
b. Second paragraph the setup of the book
c. Third paragraph the body of the book
d. Fourth paragraph the ending and resolution of the book
e. Fifth paragraph a thank you, hope to hear from you soon
6. Make a list of all agents that sell your genre.
a. You must not send your murder mystery manuscript to a children’s book agent
b. Break your list into 3 sections with the “A” group is the agents you really want
c. “A” agents list, “B” agents list and “C” agents list
7. If at all possible go to a writer’s conference
a. talk to writers
b. take seminars
c. meet a real agent
Once you have accomplished these items, you can move onto the process of contacting agents which we will discuss next.
It has been since a few months since my last post.
I have been working with my critique group and just finished the final version of my newest novel “Rick, Renee and The Fat Man”.
What I will be doing now is chronicling the process of searching for a traditional agent, then if that does not pan out, I will be writing about the details of getting this funny story into print: paper back, kindle and ebook.
If you follow along, you’ll get a glimpse at the next book in the 3by3 writing method series – publishing your book.
If the fates are with me and the manuscript is accepted, there the story of “real publishing” that will be posted here.
Some preparation has been done. I subscribed to Writer’s Digest on line and researched agents, then a spread sheet was created with names, websites and agent names.
The book was submitted last night to a very powerful agent.
In an upcoming post I will relate the story of meeting this person and how I came to being invited to send the entire manuscript.
Wish me luck! and follow along.
One way or another “Rick, Renee and the Fat Man” will be in print.
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