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HOW SUBMIT A QUERY

Prior to making a submission, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our interests and vision to determine whether your work might be a good fit. We are a very selective agency and will only seriously consider work that is absolutely right for us.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

We have specific instructions for submitting queries to our agency. These guidelines are intended to help you and us; please adhere to them. The better prepared your query is the more efficiently it will pass through our review process. Your careful attention and cooperation are appreciated.

All queries must follow industry formatting standards: Times New Roman or Georgia in black type, 12 pt. font, 1.5 or double-spaced, left aligned, with one-inch margins and numbered pages.

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR LITERARY FICTION PROJECTS

Queries should be prepared according to the specifications detailed here:

Literary Fiction Guidelines

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR LITERARY NONFICTION PROJECTS

Queries should be prepared according to the specifications detailed here:

Literary Nonfiction Guidelines

SENDING YOUR WORK

Queries must be sent as attachments (no zip files) via email. Acceptable file types are DOC, DOCX, and RTF. PDFs will not be accepted. Please email all queries to submissions@willenfield.com. Queries sent to a different email address will not be acknowledged or reviewed.

We do not accept submissions by physical mail. Queries received this way will be recycled unopened. Do not send any work on CDs, external hard drives, flash drives or any other digital storage device. Do not send materials as a shared file or via download links — we will not open them. We cannot accept or discuss queries on social media. We cannot accept responsibility for anything you decide to send us, so please retain a copy of your material.

RESPONSE TIMES

We aim to respond to queries within 2 weeks for nonfiction and within 6 weeks for fiction. If we do not contact you within the given time frame, please assume that we will not be requesting more material or offering representation.

Our response time for full manuscript requests is around 4 weeks.

POLICIES & COURTESIES

We ask that you query one project at a time. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission. Please do not send a manuscript or book proposal unless we have specifically requested it.

You are free to submit to other agencies at the same time, but it is a professional courtesy to indicate this in your query letter. If you receive an offer of representation from another agent, please let us know immediately so we can respond accordingly.

Due to the high volume of queries we receive daily, we regret that we cannot respond to questions about the status of a submission, nor are we able to offer feedback or reasoning for why we passed on a project.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please email us at info@willenfield.com.