Wednesday, 17 March 2010

That good ol' query letter

If you're a writer and you aspire to being published, at some point you're going to have to master that query letter. There's been a lot of blogs this week on do's and don't's and lists of what agents/editors have seen come through their in box - every bit of information is fairy dust to those of us trying to catch someone's eye to take a look at our masterpiece.
My bit of fairy dust this week was Nathan Bransford's post of specificity - check this out, not only if you need a good giggle (he has the best sense of humour) but because there's often conflicting advice out there that can spin us in circles. I've read a lot of recommendations that you're query should read a little like a blurb, BUT in a true blurb you don't want to give anything away. In a query, however, you don't want to make the agent/editor work at guessing what your real hook is. Not easy getting the balance right, which is what makes those query letters so much fun - or not!

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for telling us about Nathan's blog - he is hilarious! But more to the point - he's spot on! Never quite thought of it like that!

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  2. I hadn't yet read that post on Nathan's blog. What a great example he gives!

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  3. Yeah, he's a great source of info, and always does it with enough sarcastic wit to give my a smile for the day

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  4. Oh dear. The more I write the more terrified I become of the query letter. It's even worse than the synopsis and I know it's my weakest point. :(

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  5. Judes, I dream about a world without query letters... but until dreams become real :(

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