One of the questions I think all writers need to consider is who am I writing for? Limebird Sally is talking more demographic, which is also pertinent, but I like to have a specific person in mind when I write anything. To me it keeps writing from being completely self-indulgent (or masturbatory as I usually say). That is what journals and some blogs are for.
When it comes to writing an agent’s submission, amongst other things your cover letter will need to include the following key information:
– The genre and target audience for your book
– A concise summary of what this book is about – its overall theme and the central plotline i.e. why is your target audience going to love this book!
If you have one, think about your current work-in-progress. Imagine by some strange chance you find yourself sitting next to an agent actively looking to take on new writers in your genre (and as this is make-believe of course they’d be happy to wait until you’ve finished it). You’re two minutes away from the train’s final destination (eurgh after those nasty films that sounds so ominous, but I’m just talking about Kings Cross, or your main terminal here!) and this is your big chance to pitch your work.
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