If you have written a book and are thinking about sending out queries to agents, there are blogs upon blogs with terrific advice for the unsigned (we have recommended Jane Friedman's excellent blog before).
But there are a few don'ts for the querying, too:
- Don't call the literary agency. Just don't. We'll be nice to you, sure. But we'll just tell you what you should have already researched -- how to submit a proposal. It's on the website. I promise. Don't call.
- Remember that we get a lot of queries; last week I got upwards of 50 in my inbox alone -- and this isn't counting the ones that go directly to the agents. I try to read and respond to every query within a week, which is not something all agencies do. I think it's pretty cool -- so I really don't like it when I get a query with a deadline on it. Remember, we didn't ask you to send us your proposal, you're asking us to consider it. Deadlines? Just don't.
There are more, to be sure. But these two don'ts are enough for now. And please: go look at Jane's excellent blog. I guarantee you will learn something that will better your approach to agents and getting your book published.