Masterpost for Query Letters

Hey everyone, long time no post, right? I’ve been busy at Graduate school with my assistantship and my new internship.

However, through these opportunities and past ones, I’ve learned a lot about queries and how to write (and not write) them. Below, to help all of you writers out, I have collected a master post for query letters. That is, a bunch of links to click on that’ll take you to other posts that give you advice on how to query. 

So here we go:

Things I’ve also learned along the way:

  1. Publishing is a very small field. So, don’t be rude to anyone you meet. You might have to work with them in the future, or see them at conferences.
  2. FOLLOW THE RULES. I am bolding this because its so important. There are reasons why queries are a thing. There’s a reason behind the madness, I promise. However, if you don’t follow the submission guidelines given by an agent, they might not even look at your email.
  3. Don’t submit multiple novels in one email. Your query should only include one (1) novel that you are trying to sell to an agent.
    • You can tell the agent that there is series potential (meaning that the book is going to be one in a series, that’s fine. Just don’t try to clump all of them together.)
  4. If you receive a rejection letter, you do not have to write a thank you email in response.
    • Some agents don’t like them and will just delete them, others like them, it all depends!
  5. Do not submit a query to an agent that has already rejected you unless it has gone through major revisions.
    • I mean major. Don’t just change one scene or a couple of sentences and then send it back.
      • Always follow the agent’s guidelines as well, some might not want to see something they already rejected.
  6. Look out for #querytips, #askagent, and #mswl on Twitter and utilize them to the best of your ability. There are tons of resources out there for writers who are looking for them.
    • Also there’s a great writing community on Twitter, so you should join just for that.

 

I’ll try to edit this as time goes on and find more query letter blog posts. Make sure that if you’re reading those posts, to leave a like to those authors who spent so much time writing it for their readers! Hopefully this post is beneficial to you all and you’ll be able to use it as it comes time for you to start querying. Let me know if it helps and if you want more posts like this in the future!

See you all in the next post,
The Written Adventure

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