Day 17 : #atozchallenge
Writing a query for the first time can make your knees shake and tremble, or so I’ve heard.
What is a query?
It is a letter of communication pitching either a short form or long form manuscript to a publisher or agent. Short forms include magazine articles, short stories, or poems. Long form – novels, screenplays, non-fiction books, or a collection.
What does a query include?
Essential components of a successful query should include these three things.
- The hook – a one-sentence summary of the book.
- The pitch – 2 to 3 paragraphs which support your hook and should include who (the protagonist), what (the conflict they face), where (setting), when (time frame), why (stakes) and resolution.
- A bio – one paragraph or less, to describe your writing credits and platform.
I had the privilege of working on the query for my first novel with Luke Reynolds, author of Keep Calm and Query On (perfect title). His input and direction were invaluable.
Where to send it:
Finding the correct agency to send your query will take some research. You want to make sure you’re sending your query to the correct agency and agent. Visit Barnes & Nobles, the library or Amazon and check out books similar to yours. Knowing the competition is key to getting your query and book to the right person and place. And remember, always address the agent by name, never “To Whom it may concern.”
To find the agents best suited for your book, check out Writer’s Market and Land a Literary Agent
Are you ready to query? Want to know more about writing the perfect Query? Stay calm and check out these resources.
- Freelance Writing: Query Letters
- Writer’s Market Sample of Query Letters
- Deciding What to Put in Your Query Letter
- Keep Calm and Query On
If you want to know more about Luke , check out his guest blog for the Cow Pasture Chronicles. You can check it out here: Walking the Walls of a Writer’s Life.
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