ew marketing tasks are as universally hated among writers as query letter writing. After all, you’ve written a 70,000+ word novel and you’re supposed to boil it down to a few paragraphs of sales copy designed to seduce an agent into reading your work? Oh and a typical literary agent has hundreds, if not thousands, of letters from other authors, all of whom are trying to do the exact same thing. Yep. That about sums it up. Sorry.
Our good friends at Reedsy have come out with another awesome and informative infographic. This one provides some great tips on the tricky task of how writing an effective query letter. Frankly, we thought it paired perfectly with our "Do's and Don'ts" post on the same topic. If you're at all interested in going the traditional publishing route, we strongly advise you to read both posts for maximum effectiveness. To see the full Reedsy post, just click on the infographic below. Good luck.
As a literary agent in major trade publishing at the Trident Media Group literary agency, I often have to explain the elements of a good query letter to new clients. This article is intended as a description of what goes into a good query letter, for new authors unfamiliar with what literary agents and editors are looking for in a query letter intended the book-publishing world. For a writer who might be currently querying literary agents, or even contemplating that process, this might be interesting reading. Considering the high rejection rate in the book publishing industry for writers trying to become debut authors, this article will hopefully be enlightening for the countless writers who are experiencing rejection due to a poorly-constructed query letter.
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