Query Letters


© Karen Ritz




How to Write a Query Letter (at a Glance)  


A query letter is a letter geared toward literary agents or editors asking if they would like to see your manuscript. Query letters are your introduction and a TEASE of your book. Query letters need to be perfect, free of spelling and grammatical errors. They need to be concise and professional! Avoid gimmicks at all costs! 

If you're having difficulty writing one for your manuscript, a freelance editor or critique group can help. Below are additional resources to help get you on your way. Good luck!




How to Write a Query Letter - a Basic Breakdown

How to Write a Query Letter in 7 Simple Steps


My 6 Top Tips for Authors Querying Agents

In Closing: Resources We Love (great links to querying, synopsis-writing, more)

How to Write a Query Letter: Nonfiction and Memoir

20 Querying Tips from Roaring 20s Debuts

How's the Voice in Your Query Pitch?

Top Ten Query Tips


10 Things Not to Say in your Query - Advice from a Children's Publisher


Query Quiz: What Gets an Immediate Deletion v. Email Rejection


Querying a Complicated Book: Dissecting the Elephant

The Biggest Mistake Writers Make in Their Query Letters

Best of Ask the Agent: Kindly or Creepy? (on Personalization)

Don't Begin Query Letters with Empty Rhetorical Questions 





Query Letters That Worked





Good Websites

Sub It Club


How to Pitch Your Story


Pitch is Concept


The Art of Pitching: A Story in a Sentence

Synopses


5 Tips on How to Write a Novel Synopsis


How to Write a Synopsis

How to Write a 1-Page Synopsis

The Importance of a Synopsis

3 Story Uses for a Synopsis

How to Write a Synposis

Anatomy of a Synopsis

The Hack's Guide to Writing a Synopsis

How to Write a Novel Synopsis
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