Tip Four: Still worried? Never published anything? Lie a little. Yes, lie. A cover letter is a persuasive document designed to do one thing: entice an editor or agent to read your manuscript. Say whatever you have to, within reason, to accomplish this. No publication credits? Write the words â€œWest Coast Fiction Reviewâ€ on a piece of paper, staple it to one of your stories, and boom, youâ€™ve just been published in West Coast Fiction Review. Is there such a publication? Not that I know of, but it sure sounds impressive. No awards? Ask your best friendâ€”letâ€™s say her name is Martha Greenâ€”to give you the 1999 Martha Green Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fiction. Whatâ€™s the Martha Green Award worth? Not much, unless it entices an editor or agent to read your work.