You’ve sent out your queries waiting to see if you get a few bites. Remember you a competing not only with the 100,000 other writers trying to get representation, but you are competing with the agent’s clients. The writers already signed want the agent to sell their book, not yours.
Instead of pacing the floors waiting for a response, it is time to prepare to get published.
If you are lucky enough to land an agent all this work will not be wasted.
Here is a list of things you will need to accomplish while waiting for responses or working on your pitch if you get rejected.
1. Write your back page book description
a. Three paragraphs similar to your agent pitch to get people to buy your book
b. Make it enticing, don’t give away the ending
2. Write your acknowledgement page
a. Thank your family
c. proof readers
3. Write your one paragraph blurb that you put on the last page of your book
4. Look through some books and see how they start chapters, pick one that you like.
5. Make a list of the four pictures or images that you think would be good for your cover
6. Make a list of your chapter titles
7. Go to a library or bookstore and find a book like yours and copy all the information on the copyright page that you will modify in yours
If you are serious about getting your book into print any way possible, you will have to consider self-publishing. When you start moving toward doing yourself there’s a lot of extra work to do.
In the next blog I am going to explain the details of formatting your book in MS word with headers, front matter (dedication, table of contents, acknowledgment and chapter beginnings).
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