I’ve never sent a query letter to an agent and have been thinking about how to go about it. There are such an array of resources online that I thought I’d share a few before I got started in case anyone is going through the same process, then let you know how I got on! My latest book has just come back from my editor and I really need to decide the way forward, as this book is the first of a series, which is also new territory for me.
From reading the interesting tips in the articles below, it seems a good idea to send individual enquiries without blanket emailing, which doesn’t surprise me as this would be rather rude! Also, to point out the hook of your story fairly quickly and explain your target readership and age range. Finally, don’t query via social media or the telephone as emails are preferable in most cases.
Here are some really great tips from literary agents on writing query letters.
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Source: 38 Query Letter Tips from Literary Agents
Some great tips here about having a social media presence and avoiding gimmicks.
Tips about how many agents to approach and starting by writing a good book!
Some great advice from Curtis Brown Creative.
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17 thoughts on “Query Letter Tips from Literary Agents”
This is a very great suggestions particularly to those new to blogosphere, short and exact advice…
Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article.
This is a great post! Those query letters are a huge obstacle! I’m saving this post!
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Reblogged this on When Angels Fly.
Thanks Mary. I appreciate the reblog!
I’d never suggest anyone send a query letter without some sort of template. These are a great starting point.
Thanks Jan. Do you have any top tips on writing to agents to share?
Thanks for sharing, Lizzie!
Thanks Mae. What is your experience of writing to agents? Have you tried it?
I haven’t tried it, Lizzie. One of these days I want to take the time and give it a shot. Most small presses will work with you without an agent, but I think an agent is certainly to a writer’s benefit, which is why I really need to make an effort to connect with one!
That’s what I thought too, which is why I’m researching agents now. It’s an adventure!
Good luck. Wishing you well!