Submission Guidelines: How to Get Us to Notice Your Work

First and foremost, your submission should bring us a rip-roaring good, well-written story!

It should be compelling, maintain interest throughout, and bring the reader an inspiration or insight, a lesson, a new way of looking at life or the world, or simply a great reading experience.  From the opening passage, it should grab the reader by the lapels, give him or her a shake, and not let go!

Once you have accomplished that difficult task, take a look at the Simenauer & Green Literary Agency Submission Guidelines.  They are important if your work is to see the light of day.

We are accepting very few fiction submissions right now. When we do, our favorite subjects include mysteries, crime, thrillers, suspense, action adventure, historical novels based on facts, and women’s interests.

Most of our attention is placed on strong creatively conceived and written non-fiction, including, but not limited to, thought-provoking ideas about contemporary topics, journalism/investigative reporting, travel, memoirs, biographies, psychology and popular psychiatry, how-to/self-help, pop culture, relationships, lifestyle, social sciences, medical, health, nutrition, parenting, spirituality, law, women’s issues, men’s issues, controversial subjects, and narratives based on fact. We value authors who are experts in their fields.

Currently, we are not accepting crafts books, cookbooks, children’s books, poetry, screenplays, or works on video. Because of the number of offerings we receive, if we don’t respond within 60 days, you can assume that the submission doesn’t meet our current needs; we apologize in advance for this.

Before sending us your query, please consider:

  • Please use only email to query us.
  • Enter the word “Query” and a few words describing your work (e.g., “Query: Non-fiction book about healthful aging” or “Query: medical thriller novel”) in the subject line of your email.
  • In your Query to us, if your work is Fiction:
    • Describe your work.
    • Tell us who you are, a summary of your background, and how to reach you.
    • Describe your intended target audience and how you would reach that audience.
    • Attach the your manuscript. It must be double spaced, in 12-point New Times Roman type and without grammatical errors or misspellings.
    • Refrain from sending us drafts; query us only when you believe the manuscript is ready to sell.
  • In your Query about a Non-Fiction work:
    • Describe your work.
    • Tell us who you are, your background and/or credentials, and how to reach you.
    • Describe your intended target audience and how you would reach that audience.
    • If we offer to represent you for a non-fiction work, we will require you to submit a Proposal.
      • The Proposal must be in Microsoft Word, double spaced, in 12-point New Times Roman type and without grammatical errors or misspellings.
      • For information on how to write a strong non-fiction Proposal,  see  Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents and Write the Perfect Book Proposal by Jeff Herman and Deborah Levine Herman.  Following these Guidelines is critically important because publishers expect it.
      • Include your marketing plan in the Proposal. Include specific, detailed discussion on how you would sell your book: social media campaigns, personal appearances, a list of sales contacts you have been gathering, etc. If you are not sure how to develop a marketing plan, we will help after you have written a draft. Given heightened competition and tighter finances in the publishing world, editors now require information about how the author will help them sell the book.

    For your submission, please include your first name, last name, phone number and email address and send your non-fiction book proposal or fiction manuscript to BOTH of us at carol@sgliteraryagency.com and jackie@sgliteraryagency.com. Please be patient while we read it!

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