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jrhogbin
01-22-2014, 09:30 PM
Is there a format when sending out a query letter? What exactly do the publishers want to see in a query letter? What should it contain?
Thank you for any information.

AustinT
01-22-2014, 09:40 PM
I've found the Query Letter Hell subforum incredibly helpful. Head over there and read, read, read! Lots of great information.

Query Letter Hell (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=174)

Password is "vista."

Kerosene
01-22-2014, 09:41 PM
Read the stickies in Query Letter Hell. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=174

quicklime
01-22-2014, 09:49 PM
not much point in thirding QLH but I will anyway.


That said, another thing to consider is this: you get to query each agent ONCE with a given book. So read up, participate and critique, and sub your query there before you actually start burning through agents with a query that may be hopelessly wrong.

jrhogbin
01-22-2014, 09:49 PM
Thank you.

Old Hack
01-22-2014, 10:15 PM
Remember, don't query your work until you've finished it.

And welcome to AW!

waylander
01-22-2014, 10:49 PM
Go and look at Queryshark too

Old Hack
01-23-2014, 12:46 PM
jrhogbin, I've noticed in another thread that you're planning on working as your own agent (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=284077). (Which is, as I've said in your other thread, not a good idea.)

If that's the case, then are you expecting your query letter to work for publishers? It might work for smaller publishers; but the queries agents write to publishers are significantly different to the ones writers send to agents.

I do hope you're not going to pretend to be an agent in order to submit your work directly to publishers who only take agented queries. Publishers see this all the time: they know who are professional agents and who are charlatans. It's really obvious. The submissions which come from people masquerading as agents are almost always deleted unread.

buz
01-23-2014, 05:49 PM
Always look at the submissions guidelines first. ;)