Monday, April 20, 2015

A to Z -"Q" is for Query Letter

When your book is ready (after edits and beta readers and rewrites), it's time to seek out an agent if you are going the traditional publishing route.

Agents don't want your full manuscript, they prefer a nice, well-written letter explaining what you have for them and what you bring to the table.

A query letter is a single page cover letter, introducing you and your book.

Here is a perfect example. (with explanations)

A query letter has three concise paragraphs: the hook, the mini-synopsis, and your writer’s biography. Don’t stray from this format.

Here are 23 more examples.


The quotes above are from a detailed "Query Letter Basics" that break it down for you, here.

If you self-publish, you could use the suggestions in the 'basics' to write a killer blurb for either your book jacket, book's About page, or some ad copy. Maybe it becomes the script for your book trailer. :)

Happy Writing!

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