In a query letter do you prefer word count at the beginning or end?
Just send the word count. Repeat it over an over in differing sizes of font and colour. Don't send anything else, not the manuscript, not a synopsis definitely not your contact details. The agent will be so intrigued and desperate for your book they will HUNT YOU DOWN!
If I've self published would an agent still be interested in publishing the same novel? Or is it a catch 22?
I don't know where you heard that but Joseph Hellier didn't self publish Catch 22. If you've self published you don't need an agent. In fact you should set yourself up as an agent. All you need is a phone, pen and drinking habit. Make sure you sign up on Twitter so you can reject people instantly and in public.*
My Novel is YA. Been told the first two chapters need to be cut but I want to keep them. Help?I suggest you keep them. Preferably under the bed.
I'll be back at some point with some more helpful advice. Either that or to weep uncontrollably into my vodka as I reject people on Twitter.
*If you are waiting for me to get back to you in my recently launched agent capacity, your work's rejected.