I’ve been enjoying a bit of a change of pace, now that the book’s done, and working on putting together a query letter. It’s easier said that done. Some people have a knack for it, but it’s been taking a lot more thought and time than I expected. Here are a few links that I’ve found helpful so far:
How to write a query:
- Writing a Simple, Compelling, Query via Kidlit – Not sure what the meat of your query should be? Answer these questions.
- How I Got My Agent (Part 1 – The Parts of a Good Query) via Susan Denard – She breaks down the individual paragraphs in a query, using her own as an example.
Examples of successful queries:
- Houses of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Foster
- Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
- Control Issues by Elana Johnson
- Gail Carriger’s Query Letter via Pub Rants
- Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
- Successful Queries via Writer’s Digest
I’m an example oriented person, can you tell? Seeing how it’s been done successfully is far more valuable to me than guidelines. Still, I’ve got no idea whether what I’ve written (query wise) is any good 😉 It’s a challenge!
Have you ever gone through the query rounds before? If not, how far along are you with your writing right now?