#MSWL: Agents And Editors Calling Out Requests — To Authors

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‘Play It Again, Sam’

For a long time, most author-agent communications on the front end have gone just that way — author to agent: the query letter.

The query letter is so daunting for many writers that there are whole courses offered simply on how to write a good query letter, never mind the damned book: what to say to an agent, what not to say, how to intrigue without hype. (You can start by getting that agent’s name right. You think I’m kidding? You’d be amazed.)

And even if you do lots of research on agents and work hard to understand what agents and editors want and study their track records and look up their deals and ask a few of their authors what it’s like to work with them, well, that first salvo can still be a complete shot in the dark. And agents do know…

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One thought on “#MSWL: Agents And Editors Calling Out Requests — To Authors

  1. Great article – I have found #mswl to be so hopeful. My queries using it have either ended in requests for ms or personalized, helpful rejections! So nice to be able to get things into the hands of people who want to read them!

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