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Query Letter Do's and Don'ts Archives

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 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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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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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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