After taking part in last night's webinar after all, I realise it might not be possible to achieve an individual reply to any queries in the future, because of the numbers competing for advice. It can't be helped - so it would be interesting and helpful to hear from fellow members on certain aspects of the all-important cover letter.
For instance, what can you do to excite an agent's or publisher's interest if you have no history of being published, or competition success to quote? Many agents do ask for some personal information too, even a C.V.,, and I do believe it's a good idea to give them a sense of you, the person they might have to deal with later. What do you think is the best way to do this? (I mean, apart from mentioning any creative writing courses or group memberships. That's a given. At least I've got Jericho Writers now.)
Also, how can you convey that you're not a novice, whilst avoiding giving the impression that you've been writing unsuccessfully for a long time (especially if that's true!)? I've used "I am not new to writing" but they probably saw that for what it was. Does it matter?
I'd be interested to have your comments.