For any new author learning the ropes of seeking literary agent representation or publication, the amount of information you continually come across in this process is daunting. So many terms, forms, actions that you knew nothing of before considering to make the leap from kitchen table superhero to professional author.
The terms query letter, synopsis, contract, royalties, and the like were things I knew little of before starting my own search. But it wasn’t just the terms that left me feeling overwhelmed. It was the mastery of each. To not only create a query letter, but one that is captivating, and will grab the attention of your ideal agent or publisher. One that will make them want to read more of your work, and eventually, sign you on.
The objective of a query letter is simple: make the agent care enough about your main character and plot to want to read more. Seems simple right? I mean, your book is amazing, your character intriguing, and the agent will fall in love the moment s/he reads it. But you need to convince them!
There are 5 main components, plus some do's and don'ts of a query, which I will break down here.
This is all just a generalization. Some of these rules and suggestions are bendable, within reason. Others, not so much. The main thing to take away from this is the work involved in even just this step. Every part of writing is an experience, and one you must master. Put the effort in, and it will show.
And the agents will notice!
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