Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Guest Column March 21, One of the easiest ways to learn what makes a good, standard query letter is simply to see an example of one that does its job well. If you write fiction or narrative nonfiction, a query letter is your first and often, your only chance to get an agent interested in reading and, with hope, signing your work. You should put just as much care and attention into crafting and polishing your query as you did into your manuscript.
Belcastro Agency Dear Ms. My publishing credits are as follows: The first volume of a completed trilogy, Shadow Fox is approximatelywords long.
The following is a brief description: He remembers nothing of his early childhood before the age of seven when he was abandoned in a park in St. Louis, left in an unfamiliar world that terrified him.
He knows only that he is driven to learn everything he can about swordplay and sixteenth-century combat. I would be happy to send you all or a portion of the manuscript if you are interested.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Please, please, please refrain from sending a nasty reply in response to a rejection.
In fact, if you get a rejection that contains something positive, i. Many agents admit to deleting any responses to their rejections, as more often than not, they are nasty retorts.
One last bit of advice. Even if you are doing a mass email to several agents, make sure you do just a little research.
While most of them want just a query letter initially, some agents also want the first three chapters. Some want 50 pages. Some are looking for paranormal romance, but absolutely no vampires. If you ignore these parameters, they are probably going to ignore you also.
It helps also if you identify where you found the agent, and why they would be a good match for your book. In my experience, the best place to find agents is http: This is free; you do not need to sign up for a membership.
On the left-side menu, select search members. From there, click on agents. Now you can select your genre, and it will bring up the appropriate agents. There are many free databases you can use to find an agent, but do not ever pay an agent fees. There are a lot of charlatans out there, and in this email universe, there is absolutely no legitimate reason for them to be taking money from you.
I asked Sharon if she is looking for new clients, and she is. There are more specific guidelines and a contact email at http:This is an example of a steampunk fantasy novel query letter. It's the query that author Mark Martinez sent to literary agent Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary. Successful Queries: Agent Sara Megibow and “The Daedalus Incident”.
My Greatest NBA Fantasy Team of All Time. I haven’t done any basketball-related posts on this blog for a while, and this is a topic I have wanted to tackle for some time.
The Secret to Writing a Successful Query Letter. by Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.
romance, fantasy, thriller or cozy, the queries all share one thing in common—they leave me intrigued. And I cannot wait to read So here is the secret to writing a perfect query letter, one that will make literary agents and editors sit up and. The query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work.
The query letter is so much of a sales piece that you should be able to write it without having written a single word of the manuscript. Return to Writing for Children · Print/Mobile-Friendly Version.
Q: How long is a picture book? The number of words is not the crucial issue. Books range from several words to several thousand (compare Goodnight Moon to The Polar Express).More important is whether or not your book reads like a picture book -- succinct, musical, pictorial.
A key issue is the fact that picture books are 32 pages. Writing a Killer Query Letter Sunday, February 5, In the last several years there’s been a wonderful development of small, independent fantasy publishers who do not require an agent for submissions.