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

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  1. What a wealth of information. Thanks Christine.

    Comment by Ethan Rose — April 18, 2009 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

  2. […] them on Twitter. Many, many  more resources over in the @Agents & Tips […]

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