Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Are You in Query Letter Hell?

Every writer who wants to be repped by an agent and published needs to master the art of query writing, getting that monster plot down to a suitable mini-synopsis that reflects both character and voice.

It sure is a pain in the booty to get that query letter right. I worked so hard to get my novel down to a few sentences, but those sentences reflected plot alone, not character and certainly not voice. So I went back to the drawing board and gave my letter a bit more personality.

There's so much conflicting advice all over the web about what a query should and should not have. And so many well-meaning writers actually make the query writing process more difficult for other writers on the brink of shopping.

Well, here it is, query letter writing, stripped down to the most important elements by Literary Agent, Jennifer Jackson. Check it out.

~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.


  1. Thanks, Courtney. Janet Reid also has a blog where she critiques query letters as Query Shark. I've found it to be helpful too, thought it's largely inactive lately.

  2. Yeah. She's good. I love that blog.