Dear Miss Snark:
I have recently completed a manuscript that I would like to send to Harlequin. On their website, they state they want a synopsis no more than two pages, single spaced, and a query letter. Several members of my writing group have advised me to send a longer synopsis, double spaced, and the first three chapters along with the query letter. They claim they have gotten requests for full manuscripts.
My question is, do I take the chance and send the first three chapters or do I go strictly by Harlequin's guidelines and send only the query and two-page synopsis?
Thank you for your time.
Let's see if I have this right.
Option 1: do what the publisher asks
Option 2: don't do what the publisher asks
I'm sure your friends are trying to be very helpful by advising you to disregard the posted guidelines. After all, they work at Harlequin, right? They're the ones reading the submisssions right? They have experience to draw on other than their own, right?
Is it clear yet?