Query Tips
Fiction

• We recommend that your query letter be short and to the point, which generally means no longer than a page.

• At the top of the query letter place the title, genre and word count.

• A brief synopsis of several paragraphs should follow that identifies the theme, the plot hook, and describes your characters and the conflict they face. The goal is to create a compelling reason why this story needs to be told!

• Try to avoid writing overly long paragraphs. It is important to present your query letter in a format that is clear and easy to read.

• When disclosing background information about yourself, only put in what's relevant. An award, education, published works or relevant publishing credentials. Everything else, leave out.

• Donít forget to include your contact details in full.

• Try to be original, remember your query letter is the first contact a writer makes with an agent or editor and an engaging, well-written query can take you far!

Non-Fiction

• Keep your query letter brief and to the point, which generally means no longer than a page.

• At the top of your query letter put the title, genre and length of your book.

• Begin your query letter with your subject hook, a brief but compelling description of the subject you are covering.

• You can follow this with a paragraph or two that gives an outline of the book and its special features.

• The next paragraph should cover the market potential of your book.

• Explain why you are qualified to write the book. Only include relevant background information about yourself that pertains to the subject matter that you are covering.

• Format your query letter so that itís easy to read. Short paragraphs and short sentences.

• Donít forget to include your contact details in full.


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