The Writer's Digest Guide To Query Letters

The Writer's Digest Guide To Query Letters

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by Wendy Burt-thomas
     
 

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Make That Crucial, Positive First Impression


Anyone who's researched the marketplace knows: The path to publication begins with your query letter. If your query is weak, unfocused, or uninspired, an editor or agent won't even bother to request your article, novel manuscript, or nonfiction book proposal. But a well-crafted,

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Make That Crucial, Positive First Impression


Anyone who's researched the marketplace knows: The path to publication begins with your query letter. If your query is weak, unfocused, or uninspired, an editor or agent won't even bother to request your article, novel manuscript, or nonfiction book proposal. But a well-crafted, compelling query sent to the right editor or agent is an essential sales tool for fiction writers and the most effective way for nonfiction writers to pre-sell your idea.


In this book, professional freelance writer and magazine editor Wendy Burt-Thomas shares practical advice on how to craft persuasive letters that connect with editors and agents and ultimately generate sales for you. You'll learn how to:

  • Conduct targeted research to find suitable editors and agents
  • Hook an editor with a tantalizing lead and shape a summary that compels editors to buy
  • Select the strongest slant for your book or article
  • Use research and interview shortcuts that keep your query prep profitable
  • Make your query rejection-proof by weeding out subtle mistakes that can sabotage your project
  • Communicate your author platform and sell yourself as the best writer for the subject


Complete with dozens of sample queries–some that landed article assignments, agents, or book deals, and others that never stood a chance–this book offers you a comprehensive strategy for presenting your writing ideas in a way that will increase your chances of publication. Though the title may lead some to believe it's strictly to be shelved as a reference manual, The Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters is a smooth read from cover to cover.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599634487
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
12/05/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
243,325
File size:
1 MB

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