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Steps in Writing a Query Letter-Debbie Lacy

Updated on August 14, 2010

Here are 3 easy steps in writing a Query Letter.

A Query Letter is nothing but a single page cover letter on introducing you and your book. It consist of 3 paragraphs, the hook, the synopsis and the writer's biography.

A hook is a one-sentence tagline of your book - it's meant to hook the readers interest and entice them, the agent, editors, and publishers to ask for more.

The synopsis is where you get to distill your entire book or summarize your entire book into one paragraph. This where you get the tell the juicy stuff, describing the main characters, the problems, the conflicts of your book. This is your chance to expand your hook. This may appear complex but it takes practice, little hard work and patience - which can be worst than pulling teeth but you can do it.

There is your biography which is the easy part, this is about you, the writer, those special things such as writing schools, awards and accomplishments etc., but keep it short, that way you'll have more room to write about your synopsis.

Then there is your closing statement - a formal closure thanking the agents for their time and consideration and mention in your letter that you have a completed full fiction or nonfiction manuscript readily avaliable for submission upon their request. Make sure your manuscript is complete because agents may want to read your entire book before an offer of representation is made so make sure your manuscript is complete.

That's it!


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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      You make it look so simple. Thanks for sharing. :)