If you are headed down the traditional path, don’t be in a rush to send that query out the door. Ensure that you have everything ready before you send that first query, including a completed, polished manuscript for fiction, or a full proposal for nonfiction. Do your research into the agents and publishing houses. Ensure that you are ready to send whatever materials requested at a moment’s notice.
On a side note, it’s poor form to send out queries to those whom you have no intention on following through with if asked for more materials. It’s best not to have sent that query in the first place.
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