On Your Mark, Get Set …

Haste might make waste, but not when it comes to query letters. If you get a “yes, we’d like to see more” from an editor or agent, send your book proposal out immediately. Don’t wait for her to forget about you or lose enthusiasm. “Strike when the iron is hot” is another cliché, but it is apt. It’s important to label everything clearly. Always use the same subject line in follow-up correspondence with an agent or editor, including e-mails about your query, proposal, and manuscript. The subject line should include both your name and the book’s title—another reason why a catchy title is important! You should use the phrase “requested material” in subsequent communications.
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