How to Submit
Sandra Dijkstra and Elise Capron are not currently accepting any unsolicited submissions. (Those who have referrals or invitations are still welcome.) For submissions that comply with these guidelines, please send your project to firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly note your referral/invitation.
Other acquiring agents at the Dijkstra Agency are currently accepting unsolicited submissions. To submit your project to them, please send your material to:
Please read each of their bios (on our Meet the Agents page) before submitting to decide who is the most appropriate agent for you. Do not send your query to multiple agents at SDLA. Please note that none of the agents at SDLA represent any screenplays.
We read all query letters and make every effort to respond. However, because of the high volume of unsolicited submissions we receive, there are times when we are only able to respond to those queries in which we are interested. If you have not heard back from us six weeks after sending your letter, you may assume that we have passed. (If you have sent an unsolicited submission to an SDLA agent who is not open to such submissions, please understand that you may not receive a response.)
What to include in your emailed submission package:
For all queries, please include the word "QUERY" in your subject line.
Fiction: Please send a query letter, a 1-page synopsis, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), and the first 10-15 pages of your manuscript. Please send all items in the body of the email, not as an attachment.
Non-fiction: Please send a query letter and your book proposal. A non-fiction book proposal should include: Overview (1-3 pages), Author Bio, Length and Delivery Date, 5-10 Takeaways (the key selling points of your book), Comparative Titles (analyzing 5-8 comparable books that have been published in the past 10 years, with 1-3 sentences on why that book was successful and what that book did NOT cover, which yours will), Target Market/Audience, Marketing Plan, Chapter Outline (with a few sentences describing each chapter), and 1-2 Sample Chapters. Please send all items in the body of the email, not as an attachment. It is important to note that there is not one exact “right way” to organize a proposal. These are sample guidelines of the most important sections to include. There are many resources available online to help you craft a dynamic, selling non-fiction proposal, and we encourage you to research them, as they will give you further insight into what each of these sections should contain.
Picture Book Writers: Please send a query letter, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), and full manuscript text pasted below your query letter. Please send all items in the body of the email, not as an attachment.
Illustrators with dummy: Please send a query letter, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history), full manuscript text pasted below your query letter, full dummy (in pdf format as an attachment) that includes 1-2 color samples, and link to online portfolio.
Please review our agents' profiles (on our Meet the Agents page) to select the agent for whom your project is most appropriate, and send it to her attention. Make your submission to only one agent at our agency.
Be sure to include all of your contact details (email address and phone number), so that we are able to reach you if we are interested in your project or if we have a question.
If you have relevant writing experience (articles, books), and/or have received writing awards, please include details in your cover letter. If you have been referred to us, please be sure to include that information in your cover letter.