Writers, Write This Down!


Query letter advise from Janet “Query Shark” Reid via Guide to Literary Agents


  1. Don’t start with a rhetorical question. You’re talking to really sardonic people in New York City, and they’re not going to answer the question how you expect.
  2. Get right to the main character—by name.
  3. Tell who he/she is, and do it in as few words as possible.
  4. Tell what happens to him or her—the initial point of conflict in the book.
  5. Show two choices the main character faces as well as the consequences of those choices. The stakes must be high.

And remember:

Be comfortable with computers. Publishing is moving toward the electronic age, so move with it.


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