Thursday, June 21, 2012

Submission Guidelines!

How to Query 

To see a pretty simple breakdown of what you need and how it's different for fiction, memoir, and non-fiction go here. For fiction and memoir, your manuscript must be complete and polished. Don't send unsolicited attachments of any kind. Be sure to include your full name, email address, mailing address, and telephone number in your query (and on your manuscript!). For fiction, include the word count (use the word count tool in your word processing program).

For well formated query examples, go here.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
***I now accept only email queries. ***

Make sure you only query me when your manuscript is COMPLETE. (And by COMPLETE, I mean you've drafted, revised, and polished your manuscript). 


  • Send all email queries to QUERY(at)newleafliterary(dot)com Put "QUERY--SUZIE" in the subject line 
  • Please include your first 5-10 double-spaced sample pages within the body of the email 
  • I do NOT open attachments Include all necessary contact information 
  • You will receive an Auto-response confirming receipt of your query 
  • You'll get an additional response from me within two weeks either requesting or letting you know it's not for me


Other Query Information:

  • You don't need to respond if I'm passing. I appreciate your thanks but I'm just doing my job
  • If I request your manuscript, when you send it to me, you'll receive a "confirmation of receipt email" which will tell you how about how many days it might take me to read the ms. Hopefully you'll hear before then, but if those days pass and you haven't heard, please feel free to check in (email only). 
  • Don't send me a synopsis--they're totally evil. 
  • Please DO contact me if I'm considering your work and you have received an offer from another agent or editor.

35 comments:

Kristi Faith said...

I think I heart you just because you said a synopsis is evil. :0)

Thanks for the informative post.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for posting what you're looking for. I'm definitely going to check out some of your links. I really enjoy your blog.

ChristaCarol said...

Hah! I laughed out loud at the synopsis being evil line. You're awesome, I'm glad to have found your blog!

Bailey McKay Clement said...

Yes. A synopsis in evil. I'm so glad you agree with us :D

Suzette Saxton said...

Joining in the laughter. Synopses ARE evil. Thank you for saying so!

A. Grey said...

I KNOW I ♥ you because you said synopses are evil!

Meanwhile, back and the ranch... I'm plotting queries...

Cory said...

Joining the chorus of synopsis-hate. Can't wait to query you. Just one last draft... *g*

Ryan said...

I love you simply because you said synopsis are evil...

Melony said...

Can I just say I love you because you think synopsis are evil! :) That's awesome..I agree!

LGVernon said...

Synopses are proof that werewolves are right when they eat their agents!~

Hello, Suzie, I'm L. G. Vernon, from Wyoming Writers, Inc. I'm their editor and consequently am working on all the brochure and ad copy for the conference in June.
I'm really looking forward to meeting and talking with you (and all the rest of our presenters) in Cody.

See you in June~~LG

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Why yes I did just stumble on this page. Thank you for posting the links! I'm working on my novel now, but it's nice to find some great sites to go to help when I need to start querying. (I've stumbled upon some that just made me go what the heck are they talking about, lol)

Amber Argyle-Smith said...

"I live in Philadelphia with four dogs who know that chewing on shoes is okay but chewing on books is not."

Not the shoes! Give 'em a powercord or something, but not the shoes.

iam6of11 said...

Suzie,
I am not a blog lover and usually get bored before I get started on one but I have to tell you that I find yours remarkably refreshing and actually interesting. You are on my keepers list! The dogs are just lagniappe....:)

Lorelei said...

I've followed links from Writer's Digest article to your blog. I really like your blog, and will be checking it out.

Thank goddess you hate synopsis!

I hate query letters too. Yet, after reading your blog and about your love of books, and your other additions, I'll give it another try. If you chuck me, then I'll just go and cry in my milk some, but now it won't be from a faceless someone.

Heather said...

I wish you were interested in representing Picture Books. Good thing I read your blog or I would have sent you a query. Thank you for your blog it is wonderful as much as I have been able to read, I love your passion.

Emma said...

You got my attention at strong female protagonist & then made me fall in love when you said a synopsis was evil.

Your blog is beautiful too!

Madscientist254 said...

Quick check on your submission guidelines. You reference 5 to 10 pages be included in the query, however no word count for said pages was listed. I looked around and have concluded what seems to be a norm of 250 words per page, is that about right? This would make your query guideline 1250-2500 words. Hope that is correct,here are a couple of my internet sources for this evidence. (http://www.pwcwriters.org/penpoints4.htm) and (http://www.fictionfactor.com/articles/wordcount.html)

fallen monkey said...

My protagonist would greatly empathize with your #4 Random Thing listed below, as she shares the same tendency to script her confrontations in front of the mirror, choreographing body language simultaneously :). And she just might have acquired that tendency from the gal who created her...*eyes roll to ceiling as thumbs twiddle and lips whistle*.

Giddy to have discovered your blog and looking forward to following.

Dark Angel said...

It makes submitting easier when you know the agent's tastes in fiction and what they're specifically looking for. :-)

Martha Ramirez said...

Love the way you think, Suzie. Evil synopses, too much diet orange soda and a Starbucks problem. My kind of girl. Awesome blog!

Angela T. Marie said...

If you like steamy paranormal romance, you should read Maggie Steifvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls series! THEY ARE AMAZING!

Also, I agree with you and everyone else. Synopses are eeeevil.

I'm going to query you with my YA sci-fi for the contest but you'll probably like my WIP better. It has evil soul suckers and tragic romance in it :D

Anthony said...

"Don't send me a synopsis--they're totally evil."

Oh, my new favorite agent!

Abby said...

Gulp -- here goes my query! You seem like an agent I'd want to work with. I like your taste in books.

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

I heard the great news from Colleen Lindsay. So happy for you! I'll be querying you with a women's fiction project soon. Best wishes for much success!

Lexa Cain said...

I stumbled across your blog from another writer's site and I'm so lucky I did. I had no idea you accepted YA Horror. You're now on my list to query as soon as I finish the final polish. :-)

LTM said...

This is super, valuable info! Thanks, Suzie!

Now a big question: What to do if you DON'T get the auto-response confirming receipt of the query?

Resend? (Eeep!)

Thanks and all best,

Suzie Townsend said...

Yes, I'd say if you're not getting the auto response, send again and then wait. If you don't hear from me on Friday, let me know, via twitter or the blog and we'll figure it out.

LTM said...
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LTM said...

got it---TWICE! *cringe* I guess if you would, please just read the "Resend" version. Thanks.

*self-rejecting now*--LOL! :D

Violet L Ryan said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the Q&A session at the Greenwood Library last night. Thanks for sharing so much information.
FYI: I agree: synopsis' are evil!

Alys Cohen said...

I'm so much a vampire I sleep between an hour and three hours per night, tops, and have had a world-famous author tell me I need to start sleeping. Why sleep when I can write?

Social anxiety. Oh my dear, I understand. Since you are my top agent of choice, I've sat on querying you for months because I'd be crushed at a pass, but finally bit the bullet a few minutes ago. (I have no expectations at this point of representation, so please don't think I'm butt-kissing.) Should you decide to give my manuscript a chance, you'd be in good company with someone who's been known to literally run away from parties to hyperventilate in the car. You can tell I'm nervous when I babble.

The orange soda is all yours. I'm partial to diet cherry Coke and coffee.

Anyway synopses are evil, as you said, Phillippa Gregory is one of my favorites, and my manuscript is so up the alley of what you seek (aside from MG) that I want to pull my hair out now that I'm officially waiting to hear back.

Drink soda, relax, and get through the slush pile to my query. :)

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Rose said...

Last night Turner showed the classic romantic comedy HIS GIRL FRIDAY with Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell?

I'm wondering - have you ever seen it, and would you be interested/is there a market for something similar: a contemporary, NA, fast-paced story, dialogue driven, with witty banter but also underlying social issues?

Suzie Townsend said...

Hi Rose, I have not scene that. I can say that romantic comedies are harder to do in books than movies, but NA would be the best fit for one.

Ilana Shaw said...

I also ♥ that you think synopses are evil! I just finished writing one, though hopefully I won't need it now ☺

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Five Random Things About Suzie

1. I drink so much orange soda, it's probably running through my veins. I've been known to go through a twelve pack of diet sunkist in a day.

2. I'm legitimately nocturnal (or a vampire). I will be so exhausted at two pm that I'm falling asleep standing up - it has happened before, at Six Flags no less - but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake.

3. I have a gorgeous unused $6000 Reem Acra wedding dress hanging in my closet, and it showed up on my doorstep the same day my (now ex) fiance broke up with me. And thank God for that. I wouldn't have wanted to waste that dress on him.

4. Social anxiety plagues me daily. I write a script and practice in front of the mirror when I have to make a phone call, but most people who interact with me have no idea how nervous I am (or perhaps they lie) because I've worked so hard to try to overcome it.

5. I'm actually worried that I will never love my children (when I do have them in the far off future) as much as I love my dogs. I just like animals better than people - they're sweet and innocent and soft and furry - is that so wrong?