Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

The query letter. Something looked upon with dread by many authors--how much information do you include, and what makes up that information? How long should it be? And just how critical is it?

Well, I think we can all agree that a query letter is extremely important--it's your introduction to an agent or editor and can open the door. Or not. So, how do you craft the best letter possible?

As difficult as it sounds (and it is), you want the letter to reflect your voice. For example, if you write with humor, make sure that's in the letter. But not too much, or you may misrepresent the book.

Give a decent one or two paragraph description of the story--the basic plot and character growth pieces.

If you have writing credentials or background/expertise that's relevant, include that information as well. But don't go overboard--keep in mind the agent isn't selling (and the editor isn't buying) you. They're selling (or buying) your book. So that's what you want to sell.

Good luck!

1 comment:

Colleen Love said...

Great tips, Sherrill!