The Writer's Life: The Query Letter, Bane of My Life
Today is a momentous day, hopefully. Today I began
So what is a perfect letter? It should be short and sweet and have a mean hook that will snag the unwary agent and reel 'em in. But what does that mean? There are plenty of websites with articles to give you advice. Here are some I've read:
Jane Friedman offers good straight up advice and
Writers Digest also offers a web page full of solid advice. You can also pay them to help edit your letter.
There are also websites devoted to helping you write the letter, and by help I mean they will critique (shred) your letter. Two that I used were:
Query Connection - These people were polite and gave helpful advice, did I mention they were very polite.
Query Shark - Query shark's blog is a fantastic trove of information and advice on writing your letter. The shark doesn't take too many new requests these days, but it's
Query Tracker Community is part of the Query Tracker website, an excellent resource for finding agents and their information. Maybe not as polite as the good folks at Query Connection, these peeps will give you their honest opinion of your letter.
I did not solicit a review with Query Shark but I used both Query Connection and the Query Tracker Forum. They were both great but the biggest issue I had was that these letters are subjective. What one person loved another hated. I make a change only to have the change shot down by another person. And since none of these helpers had ever set eyes on my
Earlier I mentioned that
My query letter clocks in at 336 words! Whether it's any good remains to