[found on karenkingsbury.com; by Karen Kingsbury]
“4. Read Other Books Similar to Yours
If you want to write a mystery, read mysteries. If you want to write a Christian romance, read Christian romances. If you want to write a Christian general fiction, such as Karen Kingsbury’s works—read Karen Kingsbury’s books. You get the idea. You must be well versed in the type of genre you wish to write. Editors and agents will expect this.
5. Get a Copy of Writer’s Market
This is an informational book that releases new every year and has a list of editors and agents who are acquiring new material.
6. Write a Brief Synopsis for Your Book
Once you’ve finished your book, and you’re happy with it, write a very brief one-sentence or two-sentence synopsis. This will go a long way in helping you convey the story to an editor or agent. Example: Gideon’s Gift is about a sick little girl, an angry homeless man, and the gift that changes both of their lives forever. You need something like this for your book.”
For more tips on writing from Karen Kingsbury, click HERE.