Right now, on my trusty little Sony Reader, there is list of the following filenames for several requested partials in my eReader Pro program:
- Prepared for CLindsay.rtf
THAT'S RIGHT! Not one of the file names is even remotely close to the title of the actual manuscript.
Now, let's open one of those bad boys, shall we? What's this? A manuscript that jumps right into an action scene with gripping dialogue and fabulous writing?
"Well," says you, "What's wrong with that? Isn't that what you want to read?"
Theoretically, yes. However, said manuscript also contains none of the following very important pieces of information (Y'all ready? There WILL be a test afterward.):
- The title of the book.
- The name of the author
- The phone number of the author
- The email address of the author
- The address of the author
- First, submit in the format that the agent has asked for. Some agents will prefer an electronic submission as a Word doc or an OpenOffice doc; some will prefer PDF files or an RTF file.
- Second, name your file in a way that makes it easy for an agent to identify the manuscript at a glance. A good format for naming your partial is something like one of these (these are all fake titles to follow, lest you think I am mocking anyone who's sent in a partial): STINKYBOYS ADVENTURE_PARTIAL.doc (title; indication that this is a partial); STINKYBOYS_LINDSAY_PARTIAL.doc (first word of title; author last name; indication that this is a partial). See how easy that makes it?
- Third, make absolutely certain that the first page of your partial contains all of your contact information - phone number as well as email address - and the title of the book.
PS: Don't worry; I'm not going to punish anyone for making those kinds of mistakes. Mistakes are just mistakes, after all. But if I do need to hunt down your contact info, it just might take a little longer for you to hear back from me.