Submission Letter

Document, Agreement, Documents, Sign

Today, I thought I would share the letter I use to send to literary agents and publishers when they don’t have a program for me to fill in my details. I send this letter in the body of an email because many literary agents and publishers are no longer asking for anything to be sent to them in the mail.

The first thing to do is look at their requirements and always adhere to them. The body of the letter should be 300 words.

To: [insert the publishers/literary agents email address]

Subject: [some publishers/literary agents have strict guidelines as to what to put in the subject line so make sure you do what is required.] Otherwise, I would put: [Query/publisher or agent’s name you are querying/name of your novel/your name]

[your address]

The Editor [or person’s name if you know it]

[Company name]

Via Email: [insert email address]

Dear Sir/Madam [or the person’s name]

I am currently seeking [traditional publication/representation of a literary agent for my novel], [insert title]. Given your interest in this genre, I thought that my novel might be a good fit for your list.

Complete at [insert number] words, [insert title] tells the story of [insert a brief sentence or two about your book, not a paragraph]. [N.B. Sometimes they may ask for three books that are similar to yours so that information would go in here.]

[Now tell them a bit about yourself. Have you won any awards, self-published or been published in any magazines, literary journals, or anthologies? Are you on social media, do you blog or have an author website? If so let them know.]

I have attached [my manuscript/the first 5 pages/chapter – i.e., whatever they have asked for.] I believe in the story I have written, and I hope that you do too.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

[type your name and if you have a pen name write it underneath your name.]

Encl.

I hope the above information helps. If it does, please let me know. It’s the best feeling when someone replies with an agreement for you to look at and sign because they like what you’ve written. My debut novel, The Complexities of Love is coming out in the second half of 2021.  You can check out my author page here: https://www.5310publishing.com/quigley.

Adverbs

Rock, Cliff, High, Tableau, Mountain

As many of you will know, it takes a long time to write a book. Words are precious gems that I don’t like deleting, but there are some words that must be left out. Those words are adverbs.

What is an adverb?

An adverb is a part of speech that modifies a word or phrase or qualifies a verb, adjective,  or an adverb in relation to time, circumstance, manner and place.

For example, if you look at the picture above you could say: Samantha bravely stood at the edge of cliff and did a yoga pose. The adverb used in this sentence is ‘bravely’. It modifies the word ‘brave’ and qualifies its meaning. Brave meaning to face danger, showing courage. Whereas bravely means showing a willingness to face and endure danger or pain courageously.

List of Adverbs

Below is a list of adverbs I thought you might find useful when you’re writing. See if you can think of any that I’ve left off my list.

  • Abnormally
  • Abruptly
  • Absently
  • Accidentally
  • Accusingly
  • Actually
  • Adventurously
  • Adversely
  • Afterwards
  • Almost
  • Always
  • Amazingly
  • Angrily
  • Anxiously
  • Arrogantly
  • Awkwardly
  • Badly
  • Bashfully
  • Beautifully
  • Bitterly
  • Bleakly
  • Blindly
  • Blissfully
  • Boldly
  • Bravely
  • Briefly
  • Brightly
  • Briskly
  • Broadly
  • Busily
  • Calmly
  • Carefully
  • Carelessly
  • Cautiously
  • Certainly
  • Cheerfully
  • Clearly
  • Cleverly
  • Closely
  • Coaxingly
  • Commonly
  • Continually
  • Coolly
  • Correctly
  • Courageously
  • Crossly
  • Cruelly
  • Curiously
  • Daily
  • Daintily
  • Daringly
  • Dearly
  • Deceivingly
  • Deeply
  • Deliberately
  • Delightfully
  • Desperately
  • Determinedly
  • Diligently
  • Doubtfully
  • Dreamily
  • Eagerly
  • Easily
  • Elegantly
  • Energetically
  • Enormously
  • Equally
  • Especially
  • Even
  • Eventually
  • Exactly
  • Excitedly
  • Extremely
  • Fairly
  • Famously
  • Far
  • Fast
  • Fatally
  • Ferociously
  • Fervently
  • Fiercely
  • Fondly
  • Foolishly
  • Fortunately
  • Frankly
  • Frantically
  • Freely
  • Frightfully
  • Fully
  • Furiously
  • Generally
  • Generously
  • Gently
  • Gladly
  • Gracefully
  • Gratefully
  • Greatly
  • Greedily
  • Happily
  • Hard
  • Harshly
  • Hastily
  • Heartily
  • Heavily
  • Helpfully
  • Helplessly
  • Here
  • Highly
  • Honestly
  • Hopelessly
  • Hungrily
  • Hurriedly
  • Immediately
  • Inadequately
  • Increasingly
  • Innocently
  • Inquisitively
  • Instantly
  • Intensely
  • Interestingly
  • Inwardly
  • Irritably
  • Jealously
  • Jovially
  • Joyfully
  • Joyously
  • Jubilantly
  • Justly
  • Keenly
  • Kiddingly
  • Kindly
  • Knavishly
  • Knowingly
  • Knowledgeably
  • Lazily
  • Less
  • Lightly
  • Likely
  • Lively
  • Loftily
  • Longingly
  • Loosely
  • Loudly
  • Lovingly
  • Loyally
  • Madly
  • Majestically
  • Meaningfully
  • Mechanically
  • Merrily
  • Miserably
  • Mockingly
  • More
  • Mortally
  • Mysteriously
  • Naturally
  • Nearly
  • Nervously
  • Never
  • Nicely
  • Noisily
  • Obediently
  • Oddly
  • Offensively
  • Officially
  • Only
  • Openly
  • Optimistically
  • Painfully
  • Patiently
  • Perfectly
  • Physically
  • Playfully
  • Politely
  • Poorly
  • Potentially
  • Powerfully
  • Promptly
  • Properly
  • Proudly
  • Punctually
  • Quaintly
  • Queerly
  • Questionably
  • Quicker
  • Quickly
  • Quietly
  • Quirkily
  • Quizzically
  • Rapidly
  • Rarely
  • Ravenously
  • Readily
  • Really
  • Reassuringly
  • Recklessly
  • Regularly
  • Reluctantly
  • Repeatedly
  • Restfully
  • Righteously
  • Rightfully
  • Roughly
  • Rudely
  • Sadly
  • Safely
  • Scarcely
  • Searchingly
  • Seemingly
  • Seldom
  • Selfishly
  • Seriously
  • Shakily
  • Sharply
  • Sheepishly
  • Shrilly
  • Shyly
  • Silently
  • Sleepily
  • Slowly
  • Smoothly
  • Softly
  • Solemnly
  • Sometimes
  • Soon
  • Speedily
  • Stealthily
  • Sternly
  • Strictly
  • Stubbornly
  • Stupidly
  • Suddenly
  • Supposedly
  • Surprisingly
  • Suspiciously
  • Sweetly
  • Swiftly
  • Sympathetically
  • Tensely
  • Terribly
  • Thankfully
  • Thoroughly
  • Thoughtfully
  • Tightly
  • Tomorrow
  • Tonight
  • Too
  • Tremendously
  • Truly
  • Truthfully
  • Ultimately
  • Unaccountably
  • Unbearably
  • Understandingly
  • Unexpectedly
  • Unfortunately
  • Unhappily
  • Unnecessarily
  • Unwillingly
  • Upbeat
  • Upright
  • Upward
  • Urgently
  • Usefully
  • Uselessly
  • Usually
  • Vacantly
  • Vaguely
  • Vainly
  • Valiantly
  • Vastly
  • Verbally
  • Viciously
  • Victoriously
  • Violently
  • Vivaciously
  • Voluntarily
  • Warmly
  • Wearily
  • Well
  • Wetly
  • Wholly
  • Wildly
  • Wisely
  • Wonderfully
  • Wrongly
  • Yearly
  • Youthfully

I hope this list helps you with your writing.

Until next time, stay safe.

Writing Exercise

Landscape, Storm, Rays, Clouds, Sky

Are you self-isolating due to COVID-19? If you’re tired of watching television, doing odd jobs around the house, or fighting for toilet paper in the supermarket, you could do some reading or writing exercises.

I got laid off from my job due to the corona virus and being at home has given me a chance to do some more reading and writing than what I would normally do. While I’m still waiting to hear from the literary agent I sent my manuscript to I thought I would share a writing exercise with you.

Gaze at the picture above. Now close your eyes and imagine you’re in a car, bus or truck. Can you hear the tyres moving over the road? Has it started raining? Is there thunder? What does it smell like where you are? Can you taste anything? Open  your eyes and answer these questions and the ones below. It doesn’t matter what order they are in. You can do it from your point of view or a character’s point of view. The idea is to play with the exercise. There is no right or wrong. It’s what’s in your head.

1  Where are you travelling to?

2 Where did you travel from?

3 What happened the night before?

4 Are you travelling alone?

5 How do you feel about your journey?

6 Have you packed any food?

7 Will you have to break your journey and stay in a motel overnight?

8 Do you run out of petrol along the way?

9 Does someone stop to help you?

10 Is there a murder?

11 Are you alive at the end?

12 How would you describe your surroundings?

13 Is there music playing or noise while your travelling? What does it sound like?

14 Does anyone annoy you?

15 What are the thoughts in your head while you travel?

16 Is there anyone to greet you at the end of your journey?

17 Are they pleased to see you.

18 If there’s no one there, did they leave a message with a neighbor for you?

19 What year are you in?

20 Are there flying saucers overhead?

Until next time, I hope you have fun with this exercise and stay safe.