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MiddKitty
11-02-2013, 02:30 PM
I was wondering if there are any differences between the kind of queries UK and US based agents expect.

I live in the UK and after looking at various submission guidelines, I noticed that a lot of the time agents here are asking for covering letters rather than query letters. I just assumed they were more or less the same thing, but 'covering letter' to me is something you send with a job application--quite different to the queries I've seen here and on QueryShark.

Am I worrying about nothing?

Old Hack
11-02-2013, 07:46 PM
It used to be that we just wrote covering letters to be something like, "here is some stuff for your consideration, thanks"; but we're slowly sliding over towards those covering letters becoming more like queries. However, we do still get to include the first three chapters or so (around fifty pages should do it) and a synopsis. Which I think is a better way to go.

Can anyone tell I don't like query letters?

slhuang
11-02-2013, 08:22 PM
Putputt had a UK query letter thread:

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=273608

and I believe this is the letter that got her repped? (She can correct me if not . . .)

MiddKitty
11-02-2013, 11:53 PM
Can anyone tell I don't like query letters?

No, not at all ;)

MiddKitty
11-02-2013, 11:53 PM
Putputt had a UK query letter thread:

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=273608

and I believe this is the letter that got her repped? (She can correct me if not . . .)

Thank you! :)

Putputt
11-03-2013, 02:11 AM
Putputt had a UK query letter thread:

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=273608

and I believe this is the letter that got her repped? (She can correct me if not . . .)

I'm uber flattered that you actually remember my thread. Um, even I have forgotten about that one. :D

To the OP, the letter in that thread was pretty much word for word what I went with. Not much difference from the US version at all. Its success rate with UK agents ended up being almost 40%, so it did its job. QLH has served me well. All hail the squirrels! :Hail:

jclarkdawe
11-03-2013, 05:33 AM
An American-style query will work in England. An English-style query will not work very well in the US.

I'm not sure, however, that I've seen or heard of anyone who has compared the two in actual practice.

If I was querying in both countries, I would draft one query, but keep it on the low end of the word count.

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

regodibay
11-19-2013, 12:33 AM
Another consideration is that many US agents will not open email attachments. The ones that request material often instruct you to paste the text into the letter.

That stung me last year - at a conference query letter 'gong contest' - when my letter that started "Please find attached ..." was gonged by the entire panel before they even heard the premise.

Old Hack
11-19-2013, 03:06 PM
An American-style query will work in England.

Ahem.

It'll work in the rest of the United Kingdom too.

jclarkdawe
11-22-2013, 08:17 PM
Originally Posted by jclarkdawe http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=8514934#post8514934)
An American-style query will work in England.
Ahem.

It'll work in the rest of the United Kingdom too.
I thought places like Scotland and Wales were just a figment of the imaginations of those who think they live there. They all live in England. :tongue

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

Old Hack
11-22-2013, 08:55 PM
*raises Welsh eyebrow and glares at Mr Dawe*