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Submission Under the microscope

Author and lecturer James McCreet looks at a sample cover letter to an agent and considers the best ways to proceed

Subject: Novel submission: Dandelion Days by Susan Davy1

Dear Nick2

Please accept this submission3 for my 82,000-word4 family saga5Dandelion Days.6

Set in rural Somerset during the 1980s7, the novel follows three generations of the Drake family over a two-year period8, during which they discover that the dandelions on their land have remarkable healing properties.9 The rapid wealth they accrue10 attracts the attention of a rapacious local businessman11 and sets up tensions within the family that threaten to divide them.12

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