You’ve perfected your query letter. Your synopsis is sparkling. Then you reach the last step of submitting your work: the sample chapters. Easy—just copy and paste the first twenty-odd pages of the manuscript you have right on your computer! But wait—that method might be doing a disservice to your book.
As we’ve revealed to writers in our coaching programs, it’s not as simple as including your first few chapters of your work—you should be sharing your best chapters instead. Sometimes, a book’s first chapters aren’t the most unique or impressive, so when you’re querying, think about the most dramatic, revelatory scenes (for fiction) or insights (for nonfiction) that your book provides.
Here are some pitfalls we’ve seen writers fall into when submitting sample material:
But choosing which sample chapters to feature in your query or in your book proposal is only one part of attracting an agent and getting a book deal. Each piece of your book package is crucial, which is why we offer specialized courses to help strengthen your work to its maximum potential.
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