How to Write a Query Letter that Makes Agents and Editors Swoon

Excellent post Michael, thank you for sharing. I’m going to try and spread it a little further.
All the best!

Michael Cristiano

This is a response to my earlier post called Why Your Query Letter is Making Agents and Editors Cringe. I’m so meta, right?

Writing a query letter is an art, they say. What they really mean is that it’s really gosh-darn hard. It seems that everyone and their sister thinks they can write a query letter, but out in the real world, it fails. Miserably.

That’s what happened to me. I thought writing a query letter was easy. I composed one in a couple hours and unleashed it onto the world. Little did I know, it was crap and yielded no return. It wasn’t until I joined the Absolute Write and participated in their forum that I was able to learn how to write a query letter properly.

Now, I shall bestow my knowledge upon you.

Step One: Write a Manuscript

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Increasing Your Readership

From the Leeland Artra interview on Intro He’s a software engineer by day and a science fiction and fantasy writer by night. His most notable works include Thread Slivers and Thread Strands from the Golden Threads trilogy. Both books have been a consistent feature in various top 100 Amazon lists. However, it’s his marketing …

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31 Steps to Mastering WordPress

Are you ready to become a WordPress ninja? by Tom Ewer For the well-initiated, WordPress a pretty intuitive Content Management System (CMS). Those of us who have been using it for a while can get around it with ease. But cast your mind back to when you were a beginner. I distinctly remember being rather …

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Writing Tools? What does Stephen King Use?

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It’s A Good Day

I was in a lull, I guess. I'd come down form the high I felt from finally receiving, in my hands, the actually product of my labor. The paperback copies landed on my step. It really didn't take long for the crash to start, but I turned it around--with the start of my next book. I'm …

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They Landed On My Step Today

There was a box waiting on my step when I got home today. I picked it up and stepped inside where my dog was waiting to greet me. She danced all around me until I set it down the counter. I gave her some love and then tidied up a little before returning to the counter. I …

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10 of My Favorite Writing-Craft Sites

by K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland The writing journey is all about discovering what works best of for each of us as individual, and very unique, writers. Learning from others is valuable in helping us glean tips and fit together the puzzle pieces that will form our own writing processes. Today, I’d like to share with you ten of …

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