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How to Write a Novel Query Letter: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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In the past two weeks I’ve covered comp titles and elevator pitches, so this week I’m going to focus on the query letter. If you are planning on submitting your novel to agents or publishers, your query letter is important and getting it right could be the difference between having your full manuscript requested or getting a rejection email.

  1. https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-write-a-query-letter/ – How to Write a Query Letter in 7 Steps: This article breaks down your query letter into seven steps including how important it is to get the agents name right, hooking them, and including information about yourself.
  2. https://nybookeditors.com/2015/12/how-to-write-a-darn-good-query-letter/ – How to Write a Darn Good Query Letter: The NY Book Editors explain exactly what a query letter is followed by the complete structure paragraph by paragraph and includes some great examples too.
  3. https://www.janefriedman.com/query-letters/ – The Complete Guide to Query Letters: Jane Friedman takes readers through the process explaining the five basic elements every query letter should have as well as how to open your query letter, whether to personalise it, and how to check for red flags in your hook. She even includes a sample and offers some special advice on email queries.
  4. https://jerichowriters.com/sample-literary-agent-query-letter/ – Sample Literary Agent Query Letter: This article begins with a sample query letter and then moves on to what to include in yours. It explains the one sentence summary and what to include in your first book introduction paragraphs. One thing I loved about this article is that it also includes information on what to do if you don’t hear back from literary agents.
  5. https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-10-dos-and-donts-of-writing-a-query-letter – The 10 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Query Letter: This one comes from Writer’s Digest and while it might have been written in 2013, the advice is still solid and should make perfect sense, especially the section on what not to do.
  6. https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-write-the-perfect-query-letter – How to Write the Perfect Query Letter: This one is definitely worth studying. It’s an example of a query letter with each section numbered followed by an agent’s comments on the letter.
  7. https://blog.nathanbransford.com/how-to-write-a-query-letter – How To Write a Query Letter: This one from Nathan Bransford explains what a query letter is and then goes through the basic steps on how to write one. This includes polishing your manuscript and reading examples of query letters that worked. He also explains the important of researching literary agents before linking to information on formatting your query letter.
  8. https://www.reddit.com/r/PubTips/comments/6slgyd/pubtip_agented_authors_post_successful_queries/ – Agented Authors Post Successful Queries: This final link is to a thread on Reddit where you’ll find some great examples of successful query letters. These are brilliant and a great way to see what actually works.

I hope you enjoyed the links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans


Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans