Founded in January 2009, the Movable Type Literary Group seeks to meet the needs of an industry in transition by serving authors and publishers at each point on the creative continuum, that long line that leads from an inchoate idea to its incarnation in the marketplace. With this mission in mind, MTLG guides authors through four distinct zones of management, each of which contributes to the mission of helping talented writers produce significant books and foster prosperous, generative careers.
General submissions may be sent via e-mail to email@example.com.
For non-fiction proposals, MTLG requests a variation of the traditional query letter, a less formal, more efficient document: one page with three paragraphs. First, personal history and platform, including previous publications, media appearances, training, etc. Second, a concise description of the book concept, including unique selling points. Third, a preview of the promotional plan, including endorsements, media contacts, and brand development.
Having found that that query letters do a fine job of showcasing one’s talent in writing jacket copy or promotional material but rarely offer agents a useful preview of a writer’s prosecraft, in lieu of query letters, MTLG asks that authors send the first ten pages of their manuscript, followed by a one page synopsis of the balance of the work, and a word count.
Journalists—staff and freelance—are encouraged to contact MTLG by phone or personal e-mail.