I’m reading a bunch of manuscripts right now. May I make a suggestion?
Please be sure to put your contact information in the opening page of the manuscript, not just in the query letter. I’m doing my best to keep the two together, but I’m not perfect. If I make a mistake, it’s better to have that second set of contact information available to backstop me. Give me name, address, phone number, email adddress, and anything else that you think is important.
I can’t speak for every agent, but I know in my case it would relieve a small but important worry. About a third of what I’m reading doesn’t have the contact info at the head of the manuscript. Let’s change that.
When I get to the bottom of the pile (I’m guessing it’ll be around October 6), you can expect to have acceptances and rejections going out on the full manuscripts. I’ll also blog about general things that I think can help writers sending in full submissions then, so keep your eyes peeled. A major essay will be forthcoming. I’m making notes as I read.