Thursday, February 8, 2018

Query Camp Recap


Fifteen fearless writers signed up for our first webinar of the year but due to a glitch, our recorded video is unavailable. Have no fear, I’ve jotted down the basics.

Query Breakdown:
This is a letter we, as authors, send to an editor or an agent for publication. It absolutely must include the following components.

1. Agent
2. Pitch
3. Bio

Agent: 
Address your query to one agent, not an agency. Do your homework (and show your homework, I’m querying you because…)
Don’t forget to follow that particular agent’s submission guidelines.

Pitch:
It’s a clever summary without the ending—only the tension. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. 
A pitch is like a skirt, long enough to cover the basics but short enough to get attention.

Bio:
This is not a memoir, this is a bio to show you’re the real deal. Don’t over or undersell your work (or yourself). Remember, this is a job interview. You wouldn’t show up in pajamas nor would you show up in a tux. Be calm, be confident and keep it simple.


Tips: Your writing should stand out, not the actual query. Don’t use atypical font. Stick with 12 point size. Keep it to roughly 250 words total.


If you’re feeling nervous, then you’re doing something right.

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