Thursday, August 5, 2010

Get a Submission Request @ Nationals? I Can Help!

Now that you've pitched successfully at Nationals and that agent and/or editor has said the words you've been waiting for....

"Send me the first 3 chapters..."

"Send me the synopsis...."

"Send me the first 50 pages...."

"Send me the full manuscript..."

"Send me everything you've ever written..."

Or any combination of the above--what do you do next?

If you're like most, you'll rush home with a frenzy of energy and eagerness to get that submission polished and submitted BEFORE they forget you even existed (if they haven't already).

BUT...what if your query letter needs some tuning?

AND...what if you've been so busy writing the dang novel that you haven't even looked at a synopsis yet?

ARE you sitting in front of the card of the agent or editor propped nearby and your computer cursor flashing mockingly at you? It seems to be daring you to send off that submission...but suddenly you're unsure. Suddenly, you're having second thoughts on whether or not this is truly ready to go.

Here's what you do....

1. Don't worry.
2. Take a deep breath.
3. Let the breath out (don't want you to pass out and accidentally hit your keyboard with your forehead and fill up your manuscript with the letter jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj).

I'm offering affordable, private tutoring sessions for your synopsis and query letters through my Tutor Me Write program. You can contact me at for details or visit the Tutor Me Write page of my website ( to get prices or package details.

I'm back home from Nationals and ready to help. We can have this whipped into shape in just a few days time and submissions will be ready to roll out!

Hope to hear from you but either way...BEST of LUCK on that submission and you should be so very proud of yourself for having the courage to pitch in the first place. Be sure to let me know how it goes for you!


Gossip Cowgirl said...

I have two requests for full manuscripts on my desk right now. Trying to whip all this into shape! :-) We'll see how it goes.

kerribookwriter said...

I know and I'm thrilled to pieces for you. Get those things whipped and zipped on over to the editors/agents or whomever!

Don't be shy--get 'em in there!

I cannot wait to celebrate your is just around the corner.

Unknown said...

I hate writing synopses more than getting a zit in the middle of my nose on date night. :)

kerribookwriter said...

No joke, Saranna!

I know you're not the only one either.

How goes it with pre-promotion for your big November release??


Laura Kaye said...

Ugh, the dreaded synopsis. Actually, I don't hate them *that* bad, they're just a big old pain in the behind! I got two requests for fulls from editors and two partial requests from agents, so I'm in that very "oh no, I actually gotta get this stuff ready to be sent" you're talking about. Thanks for offering your service. I just might be back in touch!

Unknown said...

It's insane. I finally set up my first signing. I swear, I need an assistant. If I could afford one. LOL. :)

Your release isn't too awfully far behind mine, right? Have you gotten edits yet?

I still think an anthology in which our characters meet would be really cool. :)