Juliet Mushens Cover Letter


Juliet is looking for crime, thriller, psychological thriller, YA, reading group fiction, ghost stories, historical fiction, SF and fantasy. She is a fan of high concept books, a clever elevator pitch, a broad canvas, and books which make her cry. She is particularly interested in books which will have an international appeal, and own voices narratives.

Please do not send her: picture-books, MG, non-fiction, novellas, romance, horror, short stories/short story collections, poetry collections or erotica. Please do not send her unfinished books. Unless she has specifically asked to see it, do not send her revised versions of earlier manuscripts she has rejected.

Please email Juliet@caskiemushens.com with the subject line QUERY, the cover letter in the body of the email, and a synopsis and the first three chapters or approximately first 50pp of your book as attachments. As long as your submission follows the above criteria, she will respond to it within 8-12 weeks of receipt of email. She was closed to submissions 5th-28th February and anything sent during that period was deleted unread.

Please do not submit to both Juliet and Robert.

Juliet is reported as saying, "I won't represent diet books, picture books for new clients, or fiction for younger than 9+, but anything else I'll take a look at." Do note however that she no longer represents any form of non-fiction, so don't take that quote as being 100% true any longer (and we have adjusted our genre profiles accordingly. In fiction, Juliet says, "I struggle with spy novels, historical fiction which is very boysy (eg Sharpe), and fantasy/history books with weak female characters and/or rape. Research me - spell my name right, send me things I love, tell me why you've picked me. Please don't call me to chase, wait patiently and send a polite chaser email in time." She is also quoted as saying, "Then, look for the right agent at each agency. If you've written a middle-grade adventure there's no point sending it to an agent who specialises in crime/thrillers. Similarly, an agent with a big, established list is unlikely to take on many clients a year, so perhaps best to identify someone at that agency who is still actively looking for clients. Identifying the right person to target, and addressing your submission to them, already gets your book off to the right start. If the agent asks for the first three chapters and a synopsis, send them the first three chapters and the synopsis. If the agent requests ten pages of sample material, send them ten pages of sample material. I lose count of the number of submissions I receive where people send me the wrong information, or tell me that they actively ignored my guidelines as they felt they 'wouldn't do their book justice.' Immediately this puts them at a disadvantage to the other writers who send me the right material. Also, "When you look at something time and time again, it can be incredibly easy for mistakes to slip through the cracks. We've all done it. An omission which is glaring to someone else can escape the writer who has studied the page so many times! I understand that mistakes do happen, but it's a good idea to get someone to look at it with fresh eyes for you. When you send me your book, make sure that the cover letter focuses on the book. Tell me a bit about it, the genre, the word count, give me a blurb, and then a couple of lines about yourself. A lot of cover letters or queries leave me none the wiser as to what the book is actually about, which isn't very helpful. Often they focus on the marketing plan, or its potential as a blockbuster film, or the author's blog. The best letters pique my interest and make me eager to turn the page to read the sample chapters"


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