Query letter tips

Even though it may seem so, you’re not alone when you write a query letter. Below are some tips to help make your query the best it can be.


  • Queries are about half a page long on a Word document. They’re around 200 words.
  • Queries are not meant to be a summary of your novel. Don’t tell everything that will happen.
  • Queries focus on one or two characters. Having more than two characters makes the query a bit overwhelming. If your story goes through multiple POVs, pick the POV of your first character.
  • As you expand on your plot, make sure you also expand on your character. Let the agent connect to them.
  • Queries are almost always written in present tense.
  • Book titles are always in capital letters.
  • Word count and genre must both be mentioned.

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