I downloaded this book because I have had trouble writing cover letters in the past. They've never quite hit the right spot, never quite seemed right to me.
I was ready to submit my manuscript, but was nervous about writing the letter, knowing how important it is.
So I bought Dear Agent, and read it through as I sat at my computer, document open, so I could write the letter as I went through it, as ideas occurred to me.
By the time I had finished the book, I had finished my letter, and for once I was pleased with it. Fingers crossed it worked!
Dear Agent saved me a lot of time and worry, and it gave me something that I was pleased with in the end - so pleased that I submitted my novel to an agent on the same day as I completed the letter. Without the help of Dear Agent, I would have wasted a lot of time, and may not even have come up with anything useful.
All of us aspiring-to-be-published writers should be grateful that Nicola Morgan continues to release nuggets of knowledge from the formidable Help! I Need a Publisher goldmines. Following on from last year's brilliant Write to be Published and Write a Great Synopsis, we now have Dear Agent.
As a writer who has received an unwanted hat-trick of rejections for my novel, I wanted to know if I was not making a huge mistake. I realised, quite soon, that I was. I wasn't spending enough on the soul of my book, what Nicola calls "the hook", and although the writing will speak for itself, the cover letter has an important job to do, too. Looking back over my three rejections, I've realised quite quickly that I've not "sold" my book as much as I should have. And with generous examples to learn from, I know that the next time I submit my work to an agent, my pitch paragraph will sing.
You'll have your eyes widened, you'll hide behind your fingers when you realised you've veered close to a no-no, but most importantly you'll learn where you went wrong. Or, if you've not submitted yet, you'll find it hard to go wrong with Nicola's honest crabbitness and sharp wit at your side.
But make sure you have Write to be Published and Write A Great Synopsis too, just to be on the safe side...
It's short but has everything you need to write a good covering letter. It's straightforward, funny and extremely helpful. All the dos and don'ts you should know to produce a convincing covering letter. This and Write a Great Synopsis are must reads for people who are planning to submit their work.
I found this book just at the right time as I am in the throes of composing my own letter, etc. It is very helpful, lots of great tips and examples. Everything there from laying out the letter to what to include in each paragraph.
Nicola Morgan knows her stuff. This is sharp, focused and well written advice. The skills needed to write compelling prose are quite different to those needed to sell your work. This book really fills in the blanks.