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Blurb Writing Tips
Reads blurbs for popular books
Not a guarantee, but helpful
Direct to your reader
Different readers require different approaches
Give it time
Rewrite, revise, start over
This is important, so take your time
Cut unnecessary words
Don’t waste limited space
Get an outside opinion
**Someone who’s read the book
They can make sure you’ve include the pertinent details and stay true to the feel of your book
**Someone who hasn’t read the book
They can make sure it makes sense to an outsider
Free services like Query Shark
Keeping Track of Your Queries
Most options are free, but you do need an account
Trusty Notebook/Word File
My personal favorite
Whatever method you choose, know the agent’s normal response time.
**Once you pass that, consider it a “No”
Depends on agent. Most usually have instructions on their website about whether or not to contact them for follow up. Follow their directions please!
How many agents should you query at a time?
**Most recommend 3-4/week
If it’s not working, you may want to change things up
Top or bottom of your list? — Totally up to you, but a lot of authors will recommend not starting with your top choices just in case you find out later your query needs more work.
Good luck with your query writing process and if you have any tips to share, please do!
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