What you can expect from my editing process: For most clients, I end up rewriting and revising some portion of their query and synopsis. That said, I never consider my edits either final or perfect. Many queries and synopses require several editing rounds before we get it right.
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If you write fiction or narrative nonfiction, a query letter is your first and often, your only chance to get an agent interested in reading and, with hope, signing your work.
You should put just as much care and attention into crafting and polishing your query as you did into your manuscript. The main objective of a query is simple: Make the agent care enough about your protagonist and your plot that she wants to read more.
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Following is a successful query for a middle-grade novel that led to me first requesting this full manuscript and later signing on to represent the author, Dianna Dorisi Winget.
Her debut book, A Smidgen of Sky, went on to sell to Harcourt and hits shelves this fall. Example of a Query Letter Dear Ms. It was also awarded honorable mention in the Smart Writers W. But just as Piper succeeds with step one of her plan, a riot breaks out at the prison where Ben works, and suddenly nothing seems sure.
Thanks very much for your time. I have included the first ten pages and look forward to hearing from you. Truly yours, [Want to land an agent? Here are 4 things to consider when researching literary agents. If you have similar achievements, by all means, shout them from your opening paragraph!
If not, just dive right in and start telling me about your novel. We care about Piper Lee right away because we know what she cares about, and this is key. This further demonstrates that her story is driven by strong character motivations—just as any good page-turner should be.
Of course you think the book is thematically resonant and that readers will love it—you wrote it! So refrain from editorializing. If you sell your story well enough, agents will overlook small missteps.
When you query, be sure to include the stats of your manuscript genre, target audience, word count, etc.How to submit: Send a query letter with a brief synopsis of the book and the first two chapters of the book, or an equivalent of up to fifty pages to [email protected] How to submit: Send a query letter with a brief synopsis of the book and the first two chapters of the book, or an equivalent of up to fifty pages to [email protected] When you succeed in writing a TERRIFIC story, one that could compete against Michael Crichton, Stephen King or initiativeblog.comg, then send out your query letter.
You CAN write a story that will compete against the greatest writers of our time.
What Agents Really Want I would be interested in seeing the first fifty pages, along with a synopsis and your original query letter. Best, Joe Agent Remember, though, if you can't write an enticing query letter, agents will invariably assume that you can't write an enticing novel.
The first step towards being published is writing a query letter to a literary agent. A query letter (sometimes referred to as a cover letter) is a single page cover letter introducing your book to an editor or a publisher that accepts unsolicited submissions.
Writing the Query Letter Synopsis by April on March 14, in Resources A few weeks back I published a post about sending out a successful query, with a few thoughts on what I thought I did right.