That is my biggest fear.
My manuscript will be thrown right on top of the slush pile, without the agent (or, most likely, his assistant) ever having read one word of what took me over two years to write.
Yet that is what is most likely to happen to me - and most of us who are "amateurs" and unknown.
Is there anything we can do to avoid that? Who really knows!
But we must certainly try.
Below is a list of questions to ask and points to consider in getting your book stand out (thank you Writer's Digest). Most of these are obvious and dead on - but sometimes those are the first ones to slip our minds (at least mine, as I get lost in crafting each sentence or thinking about the theme).
- Why does the publisher have to read it? (If you are not sure, how can they be?)
- Why do you believe in what you are doing?
- What is it about this book that warrants the attention of the reading public?
- Start thinking like a marketer - condense the story into just two sharp, attention-grabbing sentences.
- Target your book - which market are you aiming for? How is your book different from others targeting the same audience?