Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tips #2: The Cover Letter

The cover letter you send with your submission will be the first impression the publisher has of you.
  • Keep it to one page. Use an easy-to-read font, and edit and proofread it carefully.
  • Describe the genre of your book, the number of words, and whether it is intended for children, teens or adults.
  • State your publishing experience and any awards or nominations you've received. If you have no previous writing experience, there is no need to mention it.
  • If you are submitting your manuscript to more than one publisher (you've already checked that they will accept multiple submissions), indicate this in the cover letter. You will, of course, notify them immediately should another publisher offer you a contract to publish the book.
Reading a few of the books from the publisher's list has not only made you aware of the type of material they publish, but you may have discovered one or two of their authors with a style similar to yours. You could mention in your cover letter what a good fit your book would be.

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