I thought I would take the time to use myself and the Greyhaus Literary Agency as a model for this discussion today.
For most authors, they start with the simple submission list (or at least they should). This is where I have listed the things I acquire and the things I do not acquire. So let's start there:
The following is directly from the website. I have eliminated all of the specifics for each, but this is the list. As shocking as this may seem, I reject so may authors submitting things on that bottom part of the list.
- Inserting your whole story, or even a partial in the query letter.
- Using the submission form on the website to include information I have not asked for.
- Attaching your general query letter you use for everyone as an attachment
- Telling me how you are going to do things differently
- Telling me you are the next great author and I will regret passing on your project.
- Telling me you are currently being considered by major studios, the Nobel Prize selection committee or the like.
The point of all this is pretty simple. Get to know who you are sending the project to and WHY you and your story fits what that agent or editor is looking for in a client. If all you look at is your story matches the genre they have on their websites, you are SOOOO MISSING THE POINT!!!!!