Thursday, May 12, 2011

Jerry Jenkins, Top Ten Writing Tips

My Top Ten Writing Tips
by Jerry Jenkins

As a working writer, you should be always sending out proposals – or coming up with new proposals to pitch. Never write to Dear Sir or To Whom It May Concern. Find and write directly to the appropriate person by name. Then, here are my top tips for query letters and proposals.

1. Do not use colored paper as stationery. Editors seem to universally see this as a sign of an amateur.

2. Do not use bold or LARGER-THAN-NORMAL type anywhere in a letter or manuscript, and never use more than one font.

3. Your title must be positive. Not “Don’t Let Depression Defeat You,” but rather: “Winning Over Depression.”

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