Crafting Killer Query Letters-NWJC Writing Discussion #57
Okay, so you've polished the revised revision of the tenth draft of your manuscript. You feel confident there is absolutely nothing else you can add, delete or tweak. You've implemented all of the edits your First Readers have suggested. Now what? Time to start crafting a killer query letter.
Agents are the gatekeepers for editors, therefore if your intent is to be published by a major (or even minor) publishing house, securing an agent is a necessity. We will discuss what to do and what not to do, as well as elements within a query that have been successful for me and other writers.
Query letters aren't daunting if you know the basics. First and foremost: Be professional. The query is a business letter. Agents don't want to know how cute, witty or verbose your are--they ONLY want the facts. If you come off with a big ego proclaiming your work is on the level of Hemingway, is destined to be a bestseller, or claims that everyone who has read your manuscript loves it . . . chances are, the agent will merely roll their eyes and toss your query into the reject pile.
Please join the NWJC members to discuss what has worked for you or a writer you know, and as a team, answer any questions you may have in order to craft the killer query.
The group No Whine, Just Champagne will be discussing this article during our Live Chat on Thursday, March 19th at 9:00pm ET. Hope to see you there!