1. Finish your manuscript – it should be as perfect as possible. (If you can, after writing your manuscript, put it away for several months, come back to it and read it again. Edit. Give the manuscript to a trusted, objective friend. Proofread the manuscript.) 

2. Make a list of agents to submit to. *For more on how to find agents read here. 

3. Write a killer cover letter. Tailor your cover letter for the agent you’re submitting to. *For more on cover letters, read here. 

4. Write a synopsis. *For more on how to write a synopsis, read here. 

5. Submit your work.