A PRETTY MUCH FOOLPROOF, NEVER-FAIL, SILVER-BULLET QUERY OPENING By John M. Cusick
A few days ago I posted about my move to Folio Literary, and what I’ll be seeking.
As I rev up the ol’ query inbox (which is already rumbling with submissions), I figured I’d take a moment to talk a bit about the query letter.
How— I mean, for serious, how on earth— does anyone write a query letter?
It seems so difficult. Not only are you trying to put your best foot forward and stand out from the dozens— no, HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS— of other queriers, you’ve got to summarize your manuscript (impossible), make it sound exciting (huh?), comp it to other titles (um), talk a bit about yourself (embarrassing), and keep it all under half-a-page (yeah okay no).
As if writing the book wasn’t hard enough in the first place.
A lot has been written on strategies for great query letters. There are templates…
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