guest post by Kourtney Heintz
1) The Opening Paragraph Anchors And Introduces
This is where you tell the agent what you have and why it’s right for
them. You lay out the title of your book, the genre, the word count, and
why you think this specific agent would be interested in your book.
Make sure you personalize it. Do some research on the agent and mention
how you read on their blog or in an article in Writer’s Digest how they
like x or represent y author and you think they would like your book
because it has x or something like x or is similar to y author in q
2) The Summary Explains The Main Plot Arc
book is amazing. It’s got so many layers and themes. You are sure if
you just convey all of this to an agent, they will love your book as
much as you do.
But if you try to cram in every detail
of what makes your book unique and interesting, including all those
secondary characters and cool subplots, the agent won’t know what your
book is about. And the whole point of the summary paragraph is to answer
that one question--what is this book about?
the subplots. Forget about themes. Figure out who your main character
is. Concentrate on what your main plot arc is for that character--what
is the hook of your book? Write a one sentence summary. And then build that into a paragraph or two.
3) The Summary Is Gripping And Intriguing Without Sacrificing Clarity
you’ve got that summary paragraph drafted, now it’s time to make it
zing. Use action verbs. Strong nouns. Infuse the voice of your novel
into that summary. Make sure it captures not just the plot but the heart
of your story.
You’ve got to make it read like the back
cover of a book. Reveal enough to make it clear what the plot is and
what is at stake for your character, but keep it tantalizing and end
with a cliffhanger. Get them wanting to read your pages to find out what
4) Closing Paragraph Provides Credentials
is the bio that is relevant to your writing this book. What makes you
the person to tell this story? What are your credentials for writing? Do
you have a degree in English? Do you belong to national writing
organizations? Have you had anything published? Did you win any major
writing contests? Is your book about ADHD and you’ve raised a child with
ADHD? Here’s the place to let the agent know you are serious about your
writing career and/or you have unique knowledge of your subject matter.
Heintz resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, her
supportive parents and three quirky golden retrievers. She dreams of one
day owning a log cabin on Butternut Lake. Years of working on Wall
Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amuck at
night, imagining a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried
Her debut novel, The Six Train to
Wisconsin, is a 2014 EPIC Ebook Awards Finalist, a 2013 USA Best Book
Awards Finalist and a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist.
One Sentence Summary of The Six Train to Wisconsin:
Kai’s telepathy spirals out of control, her husband Oliver brings her
to the quiet Wisconsin hometown he abandoned a decade ago, where he must
confront the secrets of his past to save their future.
Where to Buy:
Signed paperbacks are for sale at the Novel Idea Book Shop in Park
Falls, WI and the Butternut Area Historical Society Museum in Butternut,
You can also purchase ebooks and paperbacks at Amazon, B&N, iTunes.