I read all query letters and make every effort to respond. However, because of the high volume of unsolicited submissions I receive, there are times when I’m only able to respond to those queries in which I’m interested. If you haven’t heard back from me six weeks after sending your letter, you may assume that I’ve passed.
What to include in your emailed submission package:
Fiction: Please send a query letter, a 1-page synopsis, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), and the first 10-15 pages of your manuscript. Please send all items in the body of the email, not as an attachment.
Non-fiction: Please send a query letter and your book proposal. A non-fiction book proposal should include: Overview (1-3 pages), Author Bio, Length and Delivery Date, 5-10 Takeaways (the key selling points of your book), Comparative Titles (analyzing 5-8 comparable books that have been published in the past 10 years, with 1-3 sentences on why that book was successful and what that book did NOT cover, which yours will), Target Market/Audience, Marketing Plan, Chapter Outline (with a few sentences describing each chapter), and 1-2 Sample Chapters. Please send all items in the body of the email, not as an attachment. It is important to note that there is not one exact “right way” to organize a proposal. These are sample guidelines of the most important sections to include. There are many resources available online to help you craft a dynamic, selling non-fiction proposal, and we encourage you to research them, as they will give you further insight into what each of these sections should contain.