The query writing process incorporates some of the most frustrating aspects of publishing.
But…it’s necessary no matter what publishing option you choose
What is a query letter?
According to Jane Friedman, the CEO and co-founder of Open Road Integrated Media, this is the definition:
To seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. The query is so much of a sales piece that you should be able to write it without having written a single word of the manuscript.
In other words, it’s your pitch to agents, publishers, and readers.
Query Letter Basics
◦Pitch to “sell” your book
◦Book MUST be finished!
How to sift through the billion search results to find an agent to query?
◦Preditors and Editors
◦Dark Markets (Short Stories/Mags)
◦Be as SPECIFIC as possible
◦Social Media Stalking 😉
Nest week I’ll be discussing the parts of a query letter in detail, or if you want the full lecture now, check it out out on the Write. Publish. Repeat. Podcast now.
DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn't speak a single word for the first three months of preschool. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting it before having it published.
Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her family spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family. When not writing novels, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing, and working with other authors.
DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series and has hit the USA Today Bestseller list twice as part of box sets. DelSheree also has contemporary romance, cozy mystery, and paranormal new adult series. Her writing is as varied as her reading interests.
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