- Finish work*
- Create log line
- Write synopsis/ query
|| a) revise
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN
THE BOOK IS FINISHED?
- When I, as the reader, have a sense of closure
- When words, images, voice and tone are the best possible
- When nothing needs to be added, nothing taken away
- When there are no redundancies except for deliberate ones, e.g., codas
- When spelling, syntax, grammar, are
When, to the best of my ability,
MY VISION IS REALIZED
Now That You've Done all This, Have a Chocolate Bar, a Cup of Tea, or a Bottle of Champagne. Then sit down to work on your
NEXT BOOK !
Process # 2
It Out There
- Answer these questions:
-- acquaintances from lit conferences, writing
groups, et al
- What books are like mine?
- How is mine different?
- Who is my
- How can I help promote it?
- read acknowledgments of like books
- research, e.g., The Literary Marketplace (at
the library; any of the numerous books
sold at book stores
- Ask colleagues
- And Google, Google, Google!
Create Plan B:
- Through e-mail if okay with agent in question
- Send exactly what agent requests
- Keep query letter & synopsis short, succinct, and accurate; (no bragging, please, and nothing
- Enclose a SASE
- Write to thank agents when they've taken the time to
consider your work
- Offer an exclusive period of time to consider your book, if they show interest, e.g. six weeks, (during which you agree
not to market it elsewhere).
- Consider a Postal Blitz,* in which
you mail out to many agents at once, as per directions above
- Research independent and university presses
-- are any of them right for you?
co-publishing with a reputable press -- but
only after you taken all the other steps