Experienced authors who have managed to have their works published, know how difficult it is to make their first cover letter for manuscript publication. The first time you write it could be a really exciting process and it would take a mixture of balance and a certain professional candor. First of all, it has to be meaningful and contain some of the more pertinent information about the work you have written. You need to be clear about your goals and stated intentions. The tone of the letter must be upbeat and enthusiastic about your own work. Remember, you’re practically asking a very busy agent to spend some time on you. You’re asking him to read something which he doesn’t know about. Make him think and feel that it would be worth his while by making the letter feel more genuine and positive.

There are a few things you need to remember though before you submit your cover letter for manuscript publication. You need to be absolutely sure that your work has been proofread, edited and checked at least 2 times by you and by a professional proofreader. It makes the job of the agent easier. Nothing can be as frustrating as having to go through a manuscript that is replete with spelling and grammatical errors. Another important thing to do is to research, research and research. You have to understand that each editor or agent is unique and may have their own preferences at the moment. The publishing industry is undergoing tremendous changes and they’re feeling a lot of competition from independent book writers and other publishers. They will usually go with whatever is in high demand now or in the near future.

Introducing yourself should be done on a professional basis. Please, don’t mention anything that’s too personal or unrelated to your manuscript. That’s a part of the writing game. You need to be open yet at the same time mysterious enough to provoke further attention. The information that you should provide about yourself should be the information that provides these three: credibility, character and authority. These prove that what you’ve written is something that would be useful, entertaining, enticing and most of all gives the reader something that they haven’t had before. In the eyes of an agent, the presence of these could correlate later on to book sales which are good for their business. Making a cover letter for manuscript submission is crucial in your goal to finally be published.