With that in mind, here are a few tips for writing a successful query letter:
- Language: this is a kind of cover letter, so make sure you maintain a level of formality throughout the letter. Cover letters that begin with “Yo Elaine,” for example, do not make me optimistic about reading the rest.
- Plot summary: remember my previous blog post about using details in manuscripts? The same thing applies to queries—we’re not looking for an incredibly detailed description of every major and minor event in your story. Just give us an overview of the major plot elements as well as an idea of who the characters will be.
- DO include your contact information (name, address, etc.) as well as any accolades you have received as an author.
- DON'T include the first few chapters of your manuscript in the body of your email—we will request that from you once your query is screened.
Happy writing, and good luck!