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Thread: How long should/could a query letter be?

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    How long should/could a query letter be?

    I just re-did my query. It works a lot better now but it's a lot longer - 420 words. Too long?

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    One page. Query letter or the novel itself, you have abut 250 words, tops, to grab an agent or editor. And with a query letter, you'd better be able to do it with one sentence. Far, far too many query letters are nothing more than this happens, then this happens, and then this happens.

    One really good sentence has a much better chance of selling a query than five hundred words of synopsis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesaritchie View Post
    One page. Query letter or the novel itself, you have abut 250 words, tops, to grab an agent or editor.
    Do you mean 250 words for the novel synopsis?

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    merlot, all your questions on queries and synopses can be answered in the Query Letter Hell subforum in the Share Your Work forum (password: vista). I'm going to close this thread now.

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