Dear Miss Snark:
After reading through the latest round of crapometer entries, I found a common mistake: people writing that they have a "fiction novel" I understand that this is redundant so I wanted to make sure I wasn't making the same mistake inadvertently.
The story I've written is science fiction, so if I write "I'm seeking representation for my science fiction novel, [Insert Name Here]”, is it understood that it is a "science fiction" novel, and not a science "fiction novel"?
I've sent out some query letters with "I'm seeking representation for my science fiction manuscript” to avoid the problem altogether, but that has never sounded quite right to me either. I figure I'm going to have enough problems landing an agent without turning them off on the very first sentence.
Any and all comments are greatly appreciated. (ya ya ya, they all say that till they hear the snick of the clue gun being cocked)
Even non-genrenarian Miss Snark understands science fiction novel means a novel to be shelved in science fiction.
However you're hitting yourself over the head with a brick, and while it's certainly fun to watch, I'm increasingly afraid of getting brain splatters on my poodle skirt, not to mention the actual poodle. Thus:
I'm seeking representation for my novel MISS SNARK SNEERS AT SPLATTER. It is science fiction; 300,000 words; with maps, power point presentations, and clue gun illustrations.
I'm seeking representation for MISS SNARK PEERS AT A LADDER. It is is science fiction; 300,000 words; and illuminated with illustrations of ladders, peerages, and poodles.
Get the idea?