It’s a great idea; novelists aren’t necessarily marketers, and query letters can be damned frustrating to write. I myself have a background in marketing and advertising, and I still find it next to impossible to summarize my book in a way that makes it sound good. So Firebrand is offering, for a limited time, to read submissions with no query. I’ll know by the end of February whether they’re interested.
At this point Volve is basically finished. I’m still combing through it for minor wording changes and some final cleanup, but it’s officially a novel, which means it’s time to get serious about selling it. Over the years I’ve put out some preliminary feelers to see if there was any interest, and even had a nibble from one publisher that eventually fell through, but I’ve never made a really hard push at getting the work sold. 2009 is the year.
Up until now my directory of choice has been Writers Market, but I’ve found the agent list lacking. Yesterday I discovered two great new resources, Publisher’s Marketplace and AgentQuery. My personal list of agents interested in fantasy novels and willing to work with first-time novelists has grown from about ten up to dozens, maybe hundreds. I also came across Pub Rants, a fantastically helpful blog maintained by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency. Her entries on great queries and great synopses are the most wonderful help for writers I’ve found on the web.