How to write a query letter…

The Do’s:
  1. Do address your query specifically to an agent.
  2. Do state the title of your book.
  3. Do mention the word count and genre of your book.
  4. Do mention exactly why you’re approaching Ms. Agent.
  5. Do adopt the “proper” tone for your query letter.
  6. Do keep your query to one-page only.

The stand-alone query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. The query letter is so much of a sales piece that you should be able to write it without having written a single word of the manuscript.


Source: Writer’s Digest and Jane Friedman

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