Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In Which I Conquer the Query Letter

Between all the blogfests I've entered lately, and getting totally psyched about my new work in progress, I've almost forgotten about something hanging over my head: my query letter.

It's so easy to forget about that pesky little thing when you're neck-deep in revisions.  It's even easier when you let someone read those revisions, and they tell you they love the story so much that they will die if you don't get it published (you are utterly adorable, Aleeza, and your enthusiasm is a huge boost to my confidence!).

But alas, if I ever AM going to get published, I have to nail that S-O-B.

And this is where I'm stuck.

Trying to shrink 84,000+ words into a 250-word, mind-blowing summary is literally making me feel like my head is going to explode.

They say "be honest" when writing your query.  They say "be concise."  They say it should be "grabbing." Well, I can do that.  I'm brilliant at being brutally honest.  In that case, I should be able to write the perfect query letter.  I'll try it.  Here goes:

Dear Agent,
Just read the damn manuscript!

Thank you for your time and consideration,

How's that for honest?  And how about "grabbing?"  Could it get any more concise? 

I did it!  I did it!  I've written the perfect query letter! 

I'll be published in no time!

If only I were really that delusional, and if only it were really that easy.  Happy Wednesday, all!


  1. LOL that's pretty grabbing and PRETTY concise ;) Well done!! :D

    I think you should send it to Query Shark :)


    So have to retweet this.

  3. That is indeed fabulous.

    I've been to many places to get help on my query letter, and by far the best one I found was Absolute Write Water Cooler. The people there are thorough, knowledgable, honest, and impossible to please. Without them, I don't think I would have had a chance on getting agents to like my query letter.

  4. I love it! I would totally request your novel based on that.

    It took me along time to get my query right (with A LOT of help from my friends). But once I nailed it, and added the one piece of info I had been withholding for a reasons, the requests started to come in. Apparently, adding 'serial killer' was all I needed to do. Go figure.

  5. Bha! I am SO stealing your query letter!! Good luck!

  6. Best. Query Letter. Ever. I would totally read that manuscript if I were the agent. :)

  7. Hahaha. If only it were that easy!