Don’t know what to have prepared?
Wish you had a checklist?
Here’s your tool kit:
1. Log Line: You have to be able to describe your book in one sentence.
2. Query: Use a three paragraph structure 1) why you’re querying this agent, log line, genre and word count 2) short ‘back cover copy-style’ paragraph 3) author bio (hint: it’s okay to call yourself a debut)–and make sure you have a finished manuscript!
3. 1 Page Synopsis: Make sure you have a short synopsis handy for when the requests start to roll in.
4. 3 Page Synopsis: Make sure you have a long synopsis handy. Some agents like short & some long. Make sure you have both handy so you don’t have to delay sending your manuscript when an agent requests it.
5. Critique Partner: I hope you have one before this point, but it’s always good to have someone you can talk to about the process other than your agent.
6. Resource Books: There are so many great guides to getting published. Pick a favourite and flag the pages that will give you great advice.
7. Updated Website & Links to Social Media Pages: When an agent is interested in your work they’re going to follow up by clicking the links in your signature and find themselves on your website. Is it professional and up to date? Does it link to your blog and social media?
8. Submission Spreadsheets: Start a colour-coded excel file to keep your agencies and queries organized.
…And a bottle of bubbly handy for when you get some good news!