Slush and Cement
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A great blog posting every aspiring author/emerging writer should read at 5th Estate. This writer, Daniel Clay, had more than 30 rejections from agents before he was taken up by Curtis Brown and his novel Broken is to be published this year.
Here are the salient points. (Read my blog and you need never read another)
He submitted the first 3 chapters. Some people submit any old 3 chapters. I'm with Daniel here. I think the continuity is important and anyway, if you're submitting your best three chapters, what is wrong that you need to chage on your first three chapters?
He checked in the Writers and Artists handbook that the agent dealt with the genre he was submitting. Well, Duh! Apparently hundreds don't and waste the postage and everyone's time.
His synopsis was more of a blurb. But I've read that agents want you to get all the way to the end so they know it has an end.
He didn't put anything else in the envelope other than the 3 chapters, covering letter and synopsis and an SAE. So no chocolate bribes or silky knickers.
He did multiple submissions. He always kept 3 out there.
Generously he includes the covering letter that finally did it for him. He puts the blurb in the letter and compares his style to Mark Haddon and Alice Sebold (which I've heard before is a no-no....)