Tips from a literary agent reviewing query letters

I attended a Reedsy livestream that featured a literary agent. I got to see the agent go through query letters before my eyes! I decided to take what I learned the most and share it with y'all. Hope you enjoy! How to start your query If you are a debut author, he suggested going straight … Continue reading Tips from a literary agent reviewing query letters

What credentials should you put in your query letter?

At the end of a query letter, it's important to write something about yourself. But...what do you write? Some people write about where they got their college degrees from. Or perhaps how long they've been working on this manuscript. But is that necessary? Let's find out! Degrees (BA OR MFA) Degrees are usually only necessary … Continue reading What credentials should you put in your query letter?

What writers submit queries and when?

Some writers have to their work completed and edited before submitting a query to an agent. But not all writers. Sound weird? There are two main genres that define how a writer publishes their work in the traditional route: non-fiction and fiction. Fiction queries are the kind of queries that everyone hears about. You finish … Continue reading What writers submit queries and when?

How to use social media when querying

At the base line, social media is a good way to connect with agents. Agents talk about their manuscript wish list (#MSWL) from time to time. They list what they're looking for in the next book they represent. Look out for them. You might see one that matches your book. However, warning: do not directly … Continue reading How to use social media when querying

For your new literary agent

When searching for a literary agent, some people think about only their query letter. But usually agents ask for more. Synopsis Theses are not always the most fun, but they do point out your plot right off the back. Does it all flow together? Does it make sense? Is there a spot where it may … Continue reading For your new literary agent

Common query mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. The rejected queries all had repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common ones: Misspellings One writer wrote "aknolegments" instead of "acknowledgements". Spelling, especially in the writing career, is essential. … Continue reading Common query mistakes

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. Tips: 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 … Continue reading Query letter tips

Query letter structure

Write an awesome hook sentence. The hook sentence is the most important part of your query. It grabs the agent’s attention and keeps his/her/they reading. Usually, it mentions an interesting part of the plot as well. Hook sentences are difficult to make, so don’t get discouraged if it takes a long time to find the … Continue reading Query letter structure

Query letter websites

Even though it may seem so, you’re not alone when you write a query letter. I listed some websites to help you write the best query before. Websites: Query Shark is a website written by a literary agent. She has hundreds of query letter examples show how to write and edit a query letter. She … Continue reading Query letter websites

What to do afterwards

After editing your query letter to the best it can be, it's time to find some literary agents. Here’s some tips on how to find some: Find books that are similar to yours and go to the acknowledgments section. Writers thank their literary agent there most of the time.Go to QueryTracker, which is a website … Continue reading What to do afterwards