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Quick question for my research in how to submit to an agent. I've picked up conflicting advice:

- an author friend advised that following a successful query letter, typically one submits a synopsis or summary, and the first say, three chapters, to an agent. If interest is expressed, then one proceeds to finish the manuscript and submit. PS: he's British and I am primarily aiming for the US market.

- The "Idiot's Guide to getting Published" on the other hand, advises to finish your manuscript first, before even sending out a query letter, ie, have your first draft complete, before you submit any text.

The Idiot's Guide says the first piece of advice applies to non-fiction books, but not to fiction. Any experience to show who's mostly correct? Input gratefully received.

Also, any Brits out there who may argue that the British market is the better bet for SF? I live in Portugal, so I'm not going to try locally - the only foreigners who can speak Portuguese are drunk Frenchmen trying to speak Spanish!





Why this is a specific problem for me, is that I'm attempting to write both a fiction and non-fiction book at the same time. I've written my first 100 pages of fiction (SF of course) and trying to figure how to allocate my time, ie, finish the fiction draft and get the query process underway, then get onto my non-fiction (project management) in about a year's time, or......

Get going with the fiction query, based on my 100 pages, and while I'm waiting, get going on the non-fiction much sooner? Of course I'd much rather spend my time on fiction, it's so much more fun, but I suspect my non-fiction project is more likely to pay out. Grrrrrrr.....

Unfortunately, this is all happening at a time when I also have a paying contract for technical writing, dreadful drudge stuff, but Hours x Rates = Happiness

PS: Ignore the last bit of whining..........


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