A/N: A month ago, I was hired to write articles. They will give me topics and I will research and write about it. Unfortunately, it was short-lived because my type of writing is not his style. I’m still grateful for the opportunity and the exposure. I know I still have a lot to learn, and I have a long way to go. This is one of the articles I wrote for him.
So you’ve finished a book, revised it in a million different ways and edited it a billion times. Now, you’re ready to write a query letter and send it to an agent or a publisher.
But what is a query letter?
A Query letter is a letter containing the synopsis of your book and your biography. It also contains why the agent should represent you and why the publisher should publish your work. It is also a business letter with a touch of creative writing. You still need to be creative in writing your query letter because you need to hook the reader’s interest, in order to grab the chance to be represented and be published.
Things you should remember
• The content of your letter should depend on your story and your instinct.
• You will get tons of contradicting advice from the internet. Take what works, and don’t be afraid to experiment to find what will work best to deliver your story and your biography.
• Finding an agent or a publisher is like finding a friend or a partner in life. Their likes and dislikes are subjective, so find someone who has similar interests, or a similar way of thinking or world view as you. After all, you need an agent or a publisher, who will get along with you, and someone who will believe in you and your work.
• Most important of all, make sure you don’t lose the soul of your story in your query letter.