I hope this series has been informative and helped you along your journey to publication. And please, let me know!
Do's and Don'ts of the Query Letter
- DO skip rhetorical questions. No "What if?"s
- DON'T name too many characters. Name the main one, and allude to the others.
- DON'T describe your book as a theme (about peace and love, etc.)
- DON'T clutter the query.
- DON'T tell the whole story...leave 'em wanting more.
- DO spell check, edit and revise. This is nearly more important than the actual book!
- DON'T mention other manuscripts. This one should be your baby.
- DON'T grovel, beg, or plead.
- DO research the agent you are querying to see if they rep your genre.
- DO mention something personal to connect you to this particular agent. Did you meet? Go to the same college?
- DO spell the agent's name correctly. And get their gender correct, as well.
- DO remember to state the title of your book.
- DO mention the word count and genre of your book.
- DO advise why you are approaching this particular agent.
- DO be professional and respectful.
- DO have many, many people read the query before you send it out.
Best of luck in your journey to publication. There is room on the shelves for ALL OF US!