Lots of writers really seem to hate the “Q” word. It’s a swear for writers on par with words and phrases like “synopsis,” “not right for my list,” and “form rejection.” I’ve heard writers moan, “Why do I have to sum up my entire brilliant manuscript? If only the writer/agent would read the book, they’d know how great it is!”
I’m happy that with our submission guidelines here at Upstart Crow, we’ll be able to read 20 pages of your manuscript along with the dreaded query. In fact, I’m actually going to start with the sample pages in most cases because, for me, the writing’s the thing wherein you’ll catch the interest of the … uh, agent (my apologies to Bill Shakespeare for botching that quote).
But even if I didn’t start with the pages, … [more]