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BBC's Query Tips: Knowledge Gleaned From Ye...

Sep 07 2010 03:56 AM | bigblackcat97 in Query Letter Do's and Don'ts

I've got a round of agent blogs that I check up on and read almost daily. From this I've learned a few things that should be basic starting points for anyone who is getting ready to jump into the world of querying, and also a good refresher fo...

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What's Your Book About?

Sep 04 2010 06:01 PM | RobbG in The Pitch

WHAT'S YOUR BOOK ABOUT?: FROM SYNOPSIS TO QUERY TO ELEVATOR PITCH by Robb Grindstaff “So, what’s your book about?” If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard that question countless times. Friends, family members, co-workers discover you’re writ...

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What Agents Say Are Biggest Mistakes

Jan 07 2011 08:17 PM | Pete Morin in Query Letter Do's and Don'ts

Jordan Tohline is an aspiring novelist - actually soon to graduate to published novelist - who writes a wonderful blog about writerly things. He recently posted a MUST READ PIECE in which he reports on the fifty agents who answered his question, What...

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Two Parts to Mastering Queries

Oct 28 2010 01:01 PM | Robin Breyer in How to Write a Query Letter

Two Parts to Mastering Queries The art of writing a query is quite different from the novel, which we hopefully all have mastered before we think of queries. Writing a query breaks down into two areas; the first is style and structure, the second is s...

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Noah Lukeman's How-To Article on Query Lett...

Sep 04 2010 03:01 PM | Pete Morin in How to Write a Query Letter

There are hundreds of articles and blog posts on query letter tips - you can even buy BOOKS that cover that one topic. Noah Lukeman has one such book, but he's very generously made an excellent FREE DOWNLOAD of his How To Write a Great Query Lette...

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Breaking the Query Writing Rules

Sep 07 2010 03:13 PM | Pete Morin in How to Write a Query Letter

In your research on the great art/mystery of query writing, you will undoubtedly run across the tried and true Rules of Query Writing. If you haven’t, then you’re definitely not ready to write one, much less send it out. Start right here with AQ’s How...

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How Do I Know I'm Ready to Send Out My Quer...


How Do I Know I'm Ready to Send Out My Query Letter to Agents? If you've never written a query letter before, give yourself one solid month to write and re-write a stellar query letter. Yeah, that's an entire month. Trust us. It can t...

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Jane Friedman's Ultimate Blog Series on Que...

Nov 10 2010 06:56 PM | Pete Morin in How to Write a Query Letter

Thanks to J. L. Johnson for posting a link to Jane Friedman's excellent posts on query letters in her blog, There Are No Rules. Here are a couple of juicy tidbits that should send you scurrying over to read all of her thoughts: QUERY LEADS THAT S...

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Query Quandary: Level of Detail

Sep 06 2010 10:11 AM | RC Lewis in Query Letter Do's and Don'ts

(Originally posted at Crossing the Helix, June 2010) Mention queries, and writers of all ages sprout a few more gray hairs. The first rule of #AskAgent chats on Twitter is No Query Questions. I haven't yet come across a writer who looks forwar...

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A Query from Queen Impatience to All Aspiring A...

Sep 08 2010 04:01 PM | Eli Ashpence in Query Letter Do's and Don'ts

Queen Impatience 00 Poor Grammer Lane Fort Moneybags, South Pole 555-555-5555 email: click here website: click here blog: click here facebook: click here twitter: click here myspace: click here Hello my minions, My name: Queen Impatience I am Que...

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Are You Ready to Query? -- A Checklist

| C. Taylor in Query Letters Tips

A blog post on things you should complete before you start querying. http://asteampunkrev...y-to-query.html

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A.C. Crispin's "Common Mistakes in Quer...

Sep 04 2010 05:24 PM | Pete Morin in Query Letter Do's and Don'ts

Sci Fi author A.C. Crispin lists the following common mistakes that aspiring writers make in their query letters: 1. Writers make it too long. A good query letter is brief, no more than one page long. When I say “one page” I mean a few hundred words l...

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Do's and Don't From a Successful Author

Sep 04 2010 02:45 PM | Pete Morin in Query Letter Do's and Don'ts

A simple list of do's and don't from a short article by Gail Eastwood: The DO's DO: Make your query letter professional. It should be short (one or one and a half pages max), direct, descriptive and businesslike, set up as a business lett...

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