Archive for the 'Query Letters' Category

What is a Query Letter?

Monday, May 5th, 2014

I’ve been writing for publication for over 40 years and I’ve written hundreds—maybe thousands—of query letters. Recently, however, it has come to my attention that this document has taken on a new shape and style. It used to be that a query letter was a one-page introduction to your manuscript or proposed magazine article. Today, […]

The Query Letter—the Most Misunderstood Letter of All

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Query letters are probably the most misunderstood of all the writing we are required to do as freelance writers or authors. That’s probably because most writers are artists—or lean in that direction. And a query letter is a marketing tool. Most of the query letters I see from new writers are lacking in the very […]

The Basics of a Successful Query Letter

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Your magnificent query letter must: 1: Contain an intriguing beginning or a hook—something that catches the agent’s, publisher’s or editor’s attention. Don’t fret over this—just come up with something that creates enough interest so the editor will keep reading. Don’t try to be too cute or clever, you might come across as trite. 2: Identify […]

The Scary Ole Query

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

I just got the schedule for the Carolinas Writers’ Conference and discovered that I was mistaken about the program. It is a multi-track conference. But mine is a ninety minute slot. So I’ve been busy writing a speech I can use for this event—April 2—and for the two-hour workshop I’m presenting here locally on the […]

Query Letter Versus Cover Letter

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Today, I want to discuss query letters and cover letters and explain the basic differences. Query Letter The query letter is your sales pitch. You send a query letter to a publisher first in order to inform him about your wonderful book and to pique his interest in seeing it. Here is where you introduce […]

Cover Letter Versus Query Letter

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Do you know the difference between a cover letter and a query letter? Many authors do not. A cover letter accompanies your book proposal or manuscript when sending it to an agent or publisher. It’s a formality designed to identify your package. A query letter introduces your project. It is generally the first thing that […]