Some query tips collected from Query Shark:
Start with the most interesting part of the novel.
Show, don’t tell.
Energetic and Enticing.
Simple, elegant writing. Subject, verb, clause.
Why do any of these events or choices matter?
Without the answer to the question “so what” the response is ‘ho hum’?
What’s the protagonist’s central conflict, SPECIFICALLY?
Start with who matters, and what’s at stake.
Focus on ONE person. What’s her problem? What’s at stake? Why will care about her?
“Query letters are like a good strip tease. Reveal enough to stir up the reader emotionally and leave them wanting more.” @JulieWeathers
- How to Write a Query Letter
- Interview with Agent Ginger Clark
- What to do when offered representation (Ginger Clark)
- Pitching Workshop (Agent Kristin)
- Agenting 101 (Agent Kristin)
- Dissecting a Query Letter (Agent Colleen Lindsay’s POV)
- Dissecting a Query Letter (Author Kelly Gay’s POV)
- Why I rejected your query (Colleen Lindsay)
- Pitch Important to Success (Ask Angela)
- Moonrat’s Guide to Getting Published (@moonrat)
- Word Count & Novel Length (Colleen Lindsay)
- Utterly Original: A Rant (Rachelle Gardner)
- Writing a Fiction Book Proposal
- How Long is Too Long?
- One Pass Revision
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