If you have found this blog, thanks for coming over! This blog is an offshoot of my Myspace blog, and while I will pretty much be posting the same things in both places they may be slightly different (sort of like those drawings where you have to spot the differences between the two pictures). If you have a Myspace page and prefer reading blogs there, please check out www.myspace.com/nathanbransford and the blog at blog.myspace.com/nathanbransford
And now, just so that I didn’t completely waste your time on some shameless self-promotion, I thought I’d give some random query letter advice that I have been thinking about but haven’t figured out how to put in a proper blog.
– If you smoke, do not smoke around your query letters or prepare them at the library or something. There’s nothing quite like opening up a query letter that reeks of stale smoke to make me want to send it right back without reading it.
– If you have that weird spam filtering thing where it automatically sends an email back saying “to control spam I am approving senders,” etc. etc., turn it off when you are sending queries. My inbox is full enough as it is.
– I’m still getting tons of return-receipt e-mails. I know you want to know if the e-mail was spelled correctly and everything, but it’s so intrusive.
– Someone had a great question today — What should you put in the bio section of a query letter if you haven’t graduated from college and don’t have any writing accomplishments? Never fear. A lack of credentials is no impediment to finding an agent if you have written a good book. Credentials help, no doubt, but I really could care less about someone’s background if they’re written a great book. So in the bio section just say, “This is my first novel.” Do not send an agent a lengthy apology about how this is a first book and how you’re probably unqualified but you really like to write blah blah blah. Just act confident. “This is my first novel.”
– Please send me your questions!! I would love to tailor the blog to address the questions people are having or the issues you’d like to discuss, but I can’t do that if I don’t receive questions. So just send me a message or leave a comment about a topic you’re curious about and I’ll try and address it in a future post. Don’t be shy.