For some the greatest struggle to approaching a Literary-Agent is the dreaded Synopsis and the Covering Letter.
Hell – I should know… they used to give me sleepless nights, and often when I thought I had it covered, I’d then doubt myself. You know that if you get it wrong, or don’t make the agent punch the air and scream “woopla”, you just wasted their time and yours. I need to get it right. I need to make that impression and make it stick. I needed help – and yes there was lots of help out there. If you google, Agent Covering Letters, you will find zillions of articles written that offer tips. The problem is when you read tips that contradict anothers, or if you put faith into an article written by someone who knows… urm… very little about the process.
So – who do you trust?
Well – that’s a moot point, but surely, reading the viewpoint of a seasoned-veteran (is that a double-barrel description of the same thing – go figure) has to be good – right? Well, believe me, the book I just read wasn’t good – it was acetastically-flipping-ace (yes, yes, I know that’s not a real phrase).
Nicola Morgan – has just released her brilliant book – Dear Agent. And it is exactly what you think it is. A book that covers the goods, the bads and the much needed paragraphs of a covering letter.
FINALLY – I have a book that collates and brings together with great wit the points you should consider when writing a letter.
Nicola should be congratulated for inspiring me to realise that my covering letter (that I thought was pretty good) needs work. And I know where the work is needed. Note; This is not just a book with tips and bullet points. Oh no – this is a book with examples, and lots of them, and you will find at least one that you can relate to.
- What are you trying to achieve in the covering letter?
- The structure of the letter and the content of each paragraph
- How to write a brilliant pitch
- How and why you need to sell yourself as well as your book
- Answers to the questions writers ask
- Many examples
- The horrible mistakes that some writers make
For the price of a microwaveable ready-meal – this novel made eating an afterthought.
BUT – it’s on an introductory price for this weekend! Get it – get it – get it!
It’s 78 pages. I read it in one go. I loved it.
Dear Agents out there… watch out… you may just get knocked off your chair when my letters start rolling out.
Nicola – I salute you
Details of Nicola are below:
Nicola is the author of around ninety books, fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent YA novel, Wasted, was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and was short-listed for or won many awards. Her second novel, Fleshmarket, is being adapted for stage and will be performed at the Unicorn Theatre in London. Nicola is an acknowledged resource for aspiring authors: her blog, Help! I Need a Publisher! is one of the most popular of its kind and led to a book deal, the acclaimed Write to be Published. Nicola is an experienced broadcaster and speaker on many topics, and is an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland.