How To Write a Successful Query Letter

First of all . . . What is a query letter?

It’s a letter sent to agents letting them know about your manuscript, and asking them for representation. Nowadays almost no publisher will take a manuscript directly from a writer — they want the writer to have an agent. It’s sort of a filtering out process for the publisher.

The problem is agents are inundated with query letters . . . so make sure yours stands out from the pack. Below are some tips for writing query letters:

  1. DO NOT send a letter asking if you can send a query letter. It’s a…