The Writers Digest Guide To Query Letters

The Writers Digest Guide To Query Letters

by Wendy Burt-thomas


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ISBN-13: 9781582975665
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 01/02/2009
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Wendy Burt-Thomas is the author of more than 1,000 published articles, reviews, essays and short stories. Her work has appeared in such publications as,, The Writer , Family Circle , and many others. She is the author of Oh, Solo Mia! The Hip Chick's Guide to Fun for One , and Work It, Girl! 101 Tips for the Hip Working Chick.

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The Writers Digest Guide To Query Letters 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Nomme_de_E-Plume More than 1 year ago
Writing a novel is only part of the road authors face toward publication. Marketing one's writing -- and doing it well -- is crucial. It can literally be the difference between "submission approved" and "submission rejected." Painstaking work beautifying one's article/novel/short story is all for naught if the publisher first requests only a query letter to decide whether to even look at one's work - and the author doesn't provide the same care to that all-important marketing document. Enter Wendy Burt-Thomas. With her guide's chapters drilling down to the specific issues impacting query letters, which vary for the type of publication targeted, she provides clear advice and real examples. Some chapters in other books offer only a brief blurb on query letters for novels. But this book provides entire chapters for novels, non-fiction books, articles, agent queries, and more, including cover letters, thank you notes, and payment follow-up. To top it off, I found her writing style easily accessible. As I turned the pages, it seemed she really wanted me to make the most of my own query. By following her help, I've already begun to receive praises on my revised query for my novel. This one's a keeper on my bookshelf.
Frankie-B More than 1 year ago
This was more directed toward the magazine industry. Now, if you're trying to break into the magazine market, this is a GREAT book for you. However, the same rules do not always apply to the fiction novel writing world. I found that a lot of the information given contradicted what I've learned over the past several years from others in this industry - published novelists, agents, editors, editors assistants, etc. There's good information in this book, but if you're a newbie novelist trying to break into the traditional fiction market, this book could lead you astray.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny yet clear, instructive, worth twice the price. Many great examples of good and bad quesries. Stimulates the idea process.
ladycato on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I've read several other books on this subject, and much of the material in this book has been seen before. It covers the basics on writing queries for magazines, publishers, or agents; most of the emphasis is on magazine/article markets, as that is Burt-Thomas's area of expertise. This didn't do much much good, though, because I mainly wanted this book for more examples of agent query letters.Those letters are really the highlight of this book because they are genuine query letters that worked - they snared an agent. Almost all of the authors and titles are recognizable and very recent best-sellers. For example, the query for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is included with the working title of The Panama Hotel. I was amused to see that I also recognized many of the agents because I follow their blogs. Really, I would have loved to have a whole book of just query letters, as much of the other material was just a rehash of what I had read elsewhere. The "real thing" is much more inspirational than just talking about it. Show versus tell.This is a good companion book for the others in my library (Give'em What They Want and Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript) but it doesn't answer everything. It would probably be a good start for someone beginning a freelance career, but in that case it would be wise to buy Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript just so that you know how to write an effective query and how to format the actual submission.
lillieammann on LibraryThing 7 months ago
In my work as a freelance writer and editor, I don't write query letters. So I didn't expect to get a lot from this book. The author asked me to review it on my blog, and since I know many of my readers would benefit from help with query letters, I agreed to review it. It turned out that I really enjoyed the book. The author has a great sense of humor and put it to good use in the book. The examples of bad query letters were very helpful, and the variety of query letters she covered makes the book helpful to a variety of writers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably a great book if you want some inspiration for a magazine query. The author of this book has written thousands of articles and clearly knows her stuff. But if you write novels, you'll want to find something else. The advice in the "novel" section is pretty straightforward. You've probably seen it elsewhere. The example queries are pretty decent. But novel queries take up only one, short chapter, and it really wasn't worth it. Everything--right from the intro--is geared toward freelancing. So if you're looking for a stronger novel focus, this probably isn't the book for you.
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Dusty63 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a series of query letters so that I could get a feel as to what is expected. There are plenty in this book, along with other ideas to go with it. But quite a few of the queries had been written by authors who already had published works. If I am buying this book, chances are that I am a new author, so those letters were not relevant to my needs. But it still gave me good structure for the letters.
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Georgia_Rosepetal More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that a book could be so helpful in the art of letter writing? This is one how-to buok that every author should invest in.