Starting the query journey

Hi Friends,

I hope you are well and enjoying the glorious month of May! Last week I reached out to my networks to ask for a few people who are willing to read my query letter draft before I start reaching out to agents.

When I began researching agents via QueryTracker, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a few prospects that seem like a fit for my manuscript. I looked on Manuscript Wish List for more information and got very excited. So I set about researching how to write a query letter.

I am curious about the “hook” and wish I could read examples of others’ winning query letters. If any of you writers out there have advice, I am open to your advice!

Cheers & happy writing,

Cristy

P.S. I have received both of my vaccine shots! So excited to be able to get out and about again, though this introvert will be pacing herself. Wishing you health and wellbeing for the season ahead.

4 thoughts on “Starting the query journey

  1. Hi Cristy, Good luck with this part of your journey! I have seen several online examples for queries that use a question as a hook to engage with the reader. Since then, I have attended several presentations that have said agents and publishers do NOT like queries beginning with questions! Just a thought…

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  2. Happy to read your query letter. You can email it to me at jeff (at) runbikethrow (dot) net.

    I am also preparing a manuscript for publication. Would you be willing to read my query letter in return?

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    1. Absolutely, Jeff! I’ll be done with mine tomorrow and am planning to give people until 5/31 (one week) to reply. I am an absolute newbie to this process so I can’t claim to know what I’m doing, but I’m happy to email you and then you can send me yours in return as well. Thanks for the mutual offer!

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