Query Letters… Yikes! (Writing a Query Letter)
Okay, this was painful, and I don’t mean your average, run of the mill, paper-cut painful. We’re talking severed limb here. Writing a query letter… a more difficult task than writing the book itself—at least in my opinion. I researched and sought fellow author advice on writing the dreaded thing, and found a ton of information. Unfortunately, I also discovered in pretty short order that everyone’s an expert, and for every “helpful tip”, I found two to contradict it.
So, how did I write this stellar query letter you may ask?—with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. And about ten revisions. But I learned a lot along the way, and this is what I believe to be true: Keep it short, concise, and professional. Address your query, and format it like a business letter, even if it’s an email. Introduce your book, and include genre and word count in the first paragraph. In the second paragraph, provide the hook, aka. elevator pitch. Then, condense your amazing novel into three maybe four, but no more, paragraphs. In the next paragraph, sell yourself. Mention any previous publication, awards, memberships, etc. In the last paragraph, thank them for their time and consideration of your MS. It always helps to include why you think they would be a good fit to represent or publish your book.
I’ve read several query samples online and found this example to be particularly helpful: SampleQueryLetter.pdf
I found this sample to be the very helpful. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!
Olivia Norton was born with a gift—a gift heaven has sworn to protect, and hell is bound to destroy. Her perfect world is turned upside-down when two handsome strangers, Max and Liam, step into her life. Olivia soon discovers that her ‘Mr. Perfect’ is actually a perfect nightmare.
The rules of engagement have changed and Liam, Olivia’s guardian angel, is forced to cross dimensional borders or risk losing the woman he’s sworn to protect. Suddenly, thrust into a world unlike anything he’s ever known, Liam isn’t prepared to come face to face with the young woman whose life he holds in his hands.
But nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound that will ultimately force him to choose between two impossibilities. Max will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started, and Olivia is soon plunged into a battle between good and evil. Her very life hangs in the balance as two forces fight to win her heart.
She attended Bethel University in Minnesota and graduated in 2003, holding AA, ASN and BSN degrees.
She lives in Northern Minnesota where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua, and a hot cup of coffee, to write. She’s blessed with two amazing children, and a wonderful husband of seventeen years.
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