Literary Group

Finding and representing the next generation of authors

The Rebecca Pratt

Getting to yes

We want to say yes to you! Our success depends on how astute we are at finding new talent and representing you to an industry that seems determined to keep you out.

You can help us make the right decision by sending us a complete, well written query. We are different in that we prefer to accept email queries, but we are the same as other agencies and publishers in that there are certain things that we look for in unsolicited queries.

To help you submit a complete query we recommend the following articles to your attention:

"Secrets to a Great Book Query Letter" by Sheryl Fullerton and Naomi Lucks
DOS and DON'TS: How To Write The Perfect Query Letter" by Gail Eastwood

Understand that we get a lot of  queries, but we take the time to consider each of them. Your query is your first, and possibly the only, chance to impress us with your skills and with the quality of your submission.

You should spend as much time crafting your query as you do  your manuscript.  Misspellings, gross misuse of the language or sloppy presentation will doom your effort to obtain representation. We also will not go to a website for additional information--that is what your query is for.

​In addition to your query, it would be helpful for you to think about the answers to these questions:

  • Who are you, what have you done, and why are you the best person to write your story (especially for nonfiction authors)?
  • What market does your book address?
  • How do you plan on marketing your book?

These are useful to have as part of your query, but are not required. However, you will be required to provide answers to these questions at some point in the process. It’s the part of the publishing process that requires just as much work as your novel, and sometimes even more. It’s also the content that will get the attention of your future publisher, so the earlier you begin, the higher your advantage will be.

Please double space your manuscript before submission.

At this time we will NOT consider:

  • Previously published work—no e-books, self published or print on demand.  (If it has an ISBN it is a published work)
  • Juvenile, Young Adult or children’s stories.
  • Plays or scripts
  • Poetry
  • Anything longer than 80,000 - 120,000 words---Use the word count obtained by this method.
  • Anything shorter than 70,000 words.  Go to how to count.
  • Graphic novels
  • Short stories

In fiction we will consider:  Thrillers, mysteries, action, adventure, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, literary, mainstream.

Nonfiction is always welcome—preference given to books whose authors have credentials.

You will need a proposal for nonfiction.

In nonfiction, we are always looking for:  good how-to and Do It Yourself books, memoirs, self-help, creative nonfiction, prescriptive nonfiction and narrative nonfiction.

These are current hard and fast rules for consideration within our agency.  It changes from time-to-time when the market changes so check back frequently.

We know how hard it is to get started in this business, and we know you want to send your query to multiple agencies, simultaneously.  And that is fine with us. But if we ask to see your manuscript, we would like that to be an exclusive look.

When will you hear from us? In general, an answer to your query should come within  two weeks.  If we ask to see a partial, that should also take 2 - 4 weeks, and a full manuscript 4 to 6 weeks. We all work very hard and we're all doing the best we can, so we ask for your patience with this process.

When your query is completed and you are satisfied that it is the best presentation you can make, send your query to Send it within your email, not as an attachment to an email--we DO NOT open unsolicited email attachments.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Client Development Team
Rebecca Pratt Literary Group

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