Writers Write is a writing resource. In this post, we show you how to write a query letter in 12 easy steps.
Thank you for the positive feedback from my post: How To Write A One-Page Synopsis. Of course, it’s just as important to write a great query letter to accompany that synopsis.
Why Do You Need A Query Letter?
These letters are important if you’re trying to break into a major market and the publisher does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. They are the gateway to your goal. Try to make a good impression. Sell your story, and then yourself.
I have put together what I think is essential to include in your query letter in the template below.
How To Write A Query Letter In 12 Easy Steps
Five important things to remember about a query letter:
- A query letter should be no longer than one or two pages, including the address, and the greetings.
- Use the same 12 point font you have used in your manuscript and synopsis. Look for the font you should use on the submission guidelines page.
- It should be addressed to the correct agent or publisher. Make sure you spell names correctly.
- Your query letter should be error-free.
- Write a focused, professional, realistic letter.
We hope this post teaches you how to write a query letter.
For more publishing-related posts, read:
- How To Write A One-Page Synopsis
- How To Write An Irresistible Book Blurb In 5 Easy Steps
- 12-Steps To Self-Editing
- Word Counts – How Long Should Your Novel Be?
- 8 Points To Consider When You Name Your Book
- 18 Things Writers Need To Know About Editing And Proofreading
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