Query – Quick Tips vby Shelia M. Goss

Shelia GossA query letter is a one or two page pitch letter. Keep it short and simple. Your query letter is the first thing an agent or editor reads. An effective query letter is meant to intrigue the reader so they will want more.
Things your query letter should include:
1. Introduction: The first paragraph of your query letter should include:
  • your name
  • name of your novel
  • the length of your novel and
  • genre
2. Short Synopsis: You should be able to summarize your book in at least one to two paragraphs. Aim for one paragraph.
3. Bio: Don’t be shy. Brag on yourself in this section. Keep it book related. Although it might seem odd, be sure to write your bio in the third person.
4. Closing: Don’t forget to thank and tell the agent/editor how they can reach you.
Other things to remember when writing your query:
  • It’s important to address your query letter to a specific person. If you do not know the name of the agent or editor at the publishing company, call or check their website.
  • If you met the agent/editor at a conference or somewhere, be sure to mention it in the first paragraph.
  • Make sure you have a title for your work (even if you decide to change the title later).
  • If you mention a website/email address/phone number in your query letter, make sure it’s active.

Shelia M. Goss is a national best-selling author and a 2012 Emma Award Finalist. She has over fifteen books in print and numerous of ebooks available. She writes in multiple genres. With unique story lines, her goal is to create “stories with a twist.” For more information, visit her website at http://www.sheliagoss.com/

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