How to Write a Good Query Letter

Hello everyone,

For all of you writers out there, I have some great writing advice that I highly recommend for when you are ready to publish your writing work. πŸ™‚ First, you want to make sure that your writing work (novel, novella, book of short stories or poems) is complete and is edited and proofread as much as you possibly can get it. Make sure to follow the submission guidelines on their website as completely as you possibly can as well. Their requirements on their website is there not as an option, but a requirement, remember. πŸ™‚

So here is the sample for writing a query letter:

{Editor / Agent Name}

{Title}

{Company}

{Address}

{City, State, Zip}

{Dear Mr. Bobson}: (or if you do not know the name of the editor or agent, put the name of the publishing company here)

I am currently seeking representation for {name of novel in Italics},Β my complete, {amount of words in document, like 60,000}Β word {genre of book; do not put whether it is a novel or a novella; that is obvious by the amount of words there is in the manuscript.} {Now is the chance to personalize your query. Use something like this, but keep it concise and polite: “Per your bio on your company website, I admire that you used to consult on book-to-film adaptations. Watching a story transform from your imagination to the big screen is quite exhilarating. I hope you will be interested in adding me to your list of authors”}

{Here is where you will write a two-paragraph pitch of your story idea. Do not give away anything of your story, but at the same time, make sure it is eye-catching and appealingas you can possibly can. Make sure the first sentence, or the “hook,” is the best sentence you can possibly make it. Otherwise, the rest of these two paragraphs is basically your entire writing work condensed. Do not give away the ending. Just include these main things: major characters, the problem they are facing, and what they must do to overcome these problems. Also, write in what will happen if they do not overcome these problems.}

{This paragraph includes your writing credentials, a two-sentence bio and “this is my first novel.” If you don’t have a degree that relates to your writing career or publishing history, it is totally fine, but it’s better to not mention it.}

{Closing} Here is a good example. Make sure your ending is polite and concise as well: Thank you for taking the time to consider representing my work. I look forward to hearing from you. Per your submission guidelines, I have attached the first thirty pages of my manuscript below. Upon your request, I would be more than happy to send you the full manuscript. Please note that this is a simultaneous submission.

Sincerely,

{Your Name}

{Your Address}

{City, State, Zip}

{Your Phone Number}

{Your Email}

{Your Website Address}

Hope this helps πŸ™‚ Let me know if you have any questions, and I would be most happy to answer! πŸ™‚

Have a good week, everyone πŸ™‚

JMK~ πŸ™‚

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3 thoughts on “How to Write a Good Query Letter

  1. I saw that on an agent’s website. (Sorry, I forget which one.) But yeah, if you email , you don’t need to put addresses in the query. I guess if they want yours they just ask!

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  2. Great advice! Oh and I heard if you email your query, leave out the addresses because lots of agents read queries on their smartphones and the address just takes up space.

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