11.02.2005

What? No Guidelines?? But..but...I want you to be my agent!

What do you suggest if we can not locate an agent's submission guidelines? For instance, ICM does not seem to post them anywhere. I remember that you like a query letter, synopsis and first ten pages, but can't recall if this is your personal preference or a good standard if we are unsure what to send.

I suggest it means they aren't looking for unsolicited material.
However, that never deterred anyone I know so this is when the default "industry standard" kicks in:

1. Novels: query letter of ONE page max, with 5-10 pages of writing with a #10 SASE.
2. NF-Query letter of TWO pages max, with a #10 SASE.

This is where it can be VERY helpful to have met one of the agents at a conference. That reminder of the meeting is your FIRST sentence in the query letter.

1 comment:

Nathaniel said...

There is a disclaimer on their website that says something along the lines of: we’ve never heard of you, we don’t want your damned query, and if you still insist on sending it we will use it as toilet tissue.