What is a query? A query is a cover letter introducing yourself and your work to a potential agent or publisher.
Parts of the query letter:
1. A hook of interest. Your opening should grab the interest of the agent/publisher.
2. Synopsis: Two or three paragraph summary of your story including your Main Character, her goal, and main obstacles. Don't give your ending away at this point. Include the interesting parts of your story that set it apart from other books out there.
3. Bio: A short summary of your publication history. If you don't have any publications yet, work on getting some. Submit short stories to publications to beef up your list. Keep the bio short, this isn't a time to tell your life story except as it pertains to the story you've told.
4. Make sure you include your word count (completed) and your genre.
DO Your Homework:
1. Complete your story BEFORE querying. Wouldn't you be disappointed if you hooked the interest of an agent or publisher and have to say you have yet to write this masterpiece?
2. Research agents/publishers to be sure they are reputable. Do not pay an agent any up front costs. They are working for you. Verify the agents you query publish your genre. Check and double check their guidelines and conform to them. If they want the first five pages, send the first five pages, not the first ten, etc. 3. Remember to be professional in your query and your correspondence with agents and publishers.
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