VKA - Virginia Kidd Agency

Unsolicited Electronic Query Requirements

We get a lot of queries. Consequently, we only accept those that are formatted to streamline the process. Please check your query carefully to see that it meets the following requirements before sending it:

  • Your Query:
    • Email Headers:
      1. Put the title of your work in the email subject line
      2. Address your query to subs@vk-agency.com
      3. When querying multiple agencies, do not CC your email. Use BCC.
    • Email Body:
      1. No attachments: all content must be in the body of the message
      2. No images: all content must be text
      3. No colored text: black text on white backgrounds
      4. Font: Times New Roman, 12 point minimum (non-HTML text is acceptable)
      5. A brief message about you and your goals
      6. Your promotional channels and efforts, if any
      7. Your bibliography, if any
      8. Any relevant industry information, if any:
        • Co-authored works
        • Previous representation
        • Awards
        • Award nominations
      9. A brief synopsis in text format (no .doc, .docx, .pdf, etc., no attachements)
      10. The first 1-3 chapters of the work in text format (no .doc, .docx, .pdf, etc., no attachements)
  • Your Submission:
    • Must be for a never-before published work
    • Must not have been self-published
    • Must be for a completed work
    • Must be emailed to us during our published querying windows

Electronic Manuscript Requirements
(if we request your manuscript)

  1. Upon printing out, manuscripts must be one-sided, on 8.5x11 sheets, with minimum 1" margins.
  2. Lines: double-spaced.
  3. Font: Times New Roman, 12 point minimum
  4. Paragraphs: indent the first line five spaces.
  5. Italics: indicate by underlining.
  6. Hyphenation: Don't. The publisher takes care of that.
  7. Blank lines: center a # character in the line.
  8. First page top: your real name, e.g. "Jane Deering"
  9. First page, top right: reasonably accurate word count.
  10. First page, dead center: Story Title.
  11. Immediately after title: "by Janette Doe" — pen name can go here.
  12. Omit copyright notice and rights statements.
  13. Begin the body of the work one blank line under "by Janette Doe"
  14. On subsequent pages, last name and page number at upper right: "Deering/2"
  15. Last page: Center the word "end"

Print a few pages. Make sure the pages come out as described above.

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