Know how to query


The Urban Muse posted an intriguing and educational post on the topic of queries.

Every write should master the art of how to query. It’s a crucial step towards publishing, and mastering how to accomplish this helps a writer understand the business of publishing.

A query is the sales pitch to an editor, the summary of your idea with marketing flair. It’s a mini-proposal that describes your idea, and hooks the editor or agent to want more.

Simple, right? Personally I find the whole process intimidating. That’s fine. Fear is part of being human. Work through that fear, and by learning more about this process, you’ll come to understand how to make it easier.

Start practicing your queries by making sample letters now. Keep them in a folder for later use, or inspiration for a later date. Summarize your plots and ideas and keep them in a place for future reference.


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