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Eussie
03-11-2005, 05:07 PM
I have read many, many articles on how to write queries. My question is, should I attach the first page to my book as a writing sample when I send the query to agents? Or should I just send the query and hope that it is representative of my writing?

Thanks!
Eussie

Daughter of Faulkner
03-11-2005, 07:00 PM
if an agent is interested in reading your work after the query letter he will request the first 100 pages.
The query should grab him at once to want MORE of you. In short, it's your one page pitch and you must "sell yourself and work" or forever hold your peace!

victoriastrauss
03-11-2005, 08:37 PM
I have read many, many articles on how to write queries. My question is, should I attach the first page to my book as a writing sample when I send the query to agents? Or should I just send the query and hope that it is representative of my writing?Follow the agent's guidelines, if she has them. Many agents only want to see a query letter. Some want to see a query plus synopsis and/or sample chapters. If you send an agent something other than exactly what she asks for, you may be giving her a reason to set your submission aside.

(And if you don't know what the agent's guidelines are, you haven't done enough research.)

If there aren't any specific guidelines, it's OK to do the default thing that many how-to books recommend--send a query, synopsis, and sample chapter.

- Victoria

Richard
03-11-2005, 08:59 PM
Not to mention that if you haven't sold them on the query, you're not going to do it on a couple of hundred words of unsolicited prose.

maestrowork
03-11-2005, 09:19 PM
I agree with Victoria. Usually the guidelines specifically tell you what to send. If the agent asks for query first, then just a query letter. If there's no specifics, it's OK to send q, s, and 3.