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Tips on Writing a Query Letter.

Posted on: November 5, 2009

This information comes from a newsletter that I subscribe to. I am not the author nor I do I claim to be. There are many great articles in this newsletter that a writer can learn from. Please consider subscribing to the newsletter.  Peg Finley Here’s another article that other writers might enjoy from Writer’s Digest.10 Query Letter Tips
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In the most recent issue of Writer’s Digest magazine (Sept/Oct. 2008), the big focus is on agents, so I got to write a lot of material for the issue.  One smaller article I wrote that’s getting a lot of attention over at writersdigest.com is a basic piece called “10 Tips You Need to Know Before Querying Agents.”
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Querying Agents:
10 Tips For Writers

1. If you write across categories (let’s say you write both picture books and adult fantasy), look for an agent who handles everything you write. She might just be your perfect fit.
2. Mass mailing (or e-mailing) agents without considering each one’s specialties is a waste of time and postage. Not every agent listed here will be a good fit for you. In fact, the fewer true matches you find, the more you’ve done your research. Agents love when you query them individually and provide a reason, such as, “Because you represented such-and-such book, I think you’d be a great agent for my work.”
3. Make sure your work is edited, revised and polished. Rewriting is a crucial step to bettering your work, so be sure to have trusted peers give you an honest critique, or consider seeking a professional freelance editor to evaluate it. And never query an agent for a novel until the work is complete.
4. Single-space your query letter, and keep it to one page. Double-space your manuscript and synopsis.
5. If you lack a good opening for your query letter, just give the facts. A simple yet effective opening line would be, “I am seeking literary representation for my 75,000-word completed thriller, titled Dead Cat Bounce.” In one sentence, you can tell the agent the length, genre, whether it’s complete and the title. After that, follow with the pitch and a little biographical information.

up.http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/10+Query+Letter+Tips.aspx 

Queries and Synopses and Proposals

8/28/2008 4:54:14 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]

Some of the material below has been addressed before on the blog; some not.  I hope it helps a bit.

 
 
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