Send a query to Michael Joy of The Seymour Agency
Is your project ready for submission? Is it polished or am I going to find typos on the first page? Don’t blow your chance – proofread it again. Have you followed proper manuscript format? Double-check your format here: thewritelife.com/how-to-format-a-book/
Self-published authors – major publishers will not buy a previously published novel or series – please don’t submit it. Your best bet is to write a new series. I’d be happy to look at new writing from an experienced self-published author.
Fiction: Is your project in a genre I represent or at least in the zip code? I like SF/F/horror & romance, but I don’t accept submissions for it. Your mystery on a spaceship will still be sold as SF. A band of cat burglars who are actually cat-people would be fun, but its fantasy. I’m okay with romantic elements in a non-romance story. Cozies will be a tough sell to me unless the “community” is something extremely different. No talking or communicative animals.
Synopsis: Don’t stress over the format, but make sure you include the inciting incident, obstacles to the main character’s goals, the climax, and the conclusion – yes, I need to know how the story ends.
Non-fiction: no arm-chair quarterbacking. If your project is about winning the World Beard and Moustache Championship, you better be a competitor or a barber…or better yet, be both.
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