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How to write a query letter and get published:

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Five Keys to Writing a Successful Query Letter
 

By Kristi Sayles


A great query letter must do five things:

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How to Write Irresistible Query Letters


A great query letter must do five things:

• Grab attention immediately.

• Summarize your article or book idea in the most compelling fashion.

• Emphasize why YOU are the best one to write about the
topic.

• Show your professionalism.

• Display your writing credits.

First, I highly recommend beginning your opening with the first line or two of your article or book. It immediately draws the editor or agent’s attention to your idea. Since you’ve probably sweated over the perfect beginning anyway, why not let it do double duty?

Second, make your points quickly, yet concisely. Don’t drag out your story idea. Build excitement in your recipient to WANT to read more about this fascinating story.

Third, tell why you are so knowledgeable about the topic. Why did you choose the topic?

Are you querying about an article about dogs? If you are a professional trainer-then say so. Are you suggesting a “How To…” book? Tell your qualifications.

Fourth, you should always present yourself as an intelligent professional. Be sure that your writing tone is confident without sounding arrogant. Always double-check your grammar and spelling. Many editors have stated that they will not deal with writers that do not show enough pride in their work to use a spell-checker!

Finally, toot your own horn! This is where you get to brag about your writing accomplishments. Most editors will appreciate the fact that you’ve written something that has been considered good enough to be published.

If you are a new, unpublished writer, there’s still hope for you. Many editors are looking for new talent. Don’t mention that you have not been published yet. Simply make
it clear that you have enjoyed a particular article recently published, then name the article and state how your article idea would mesh with the magazine as well.
Actually, that’s a good idea for all queries to include!

Now that you’ve got a handle on the five important query letter components, what are you waiting for? Get started on that all-important query now!
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  HOW TO WRITE A GREAT QUERY LETTER:  INSIDER TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR SUCCESS  is a must-read for any writer serious about being published.  Designed for writers of fiction and non-fiction, for screenwriters and poets, it speaks to a broad range of authors, offering principles which will help lead to success no matter what your craft.  Practical, engaging, filled with exercises, anecdotes and sidebars, this 80 page e-book takes you on a journey, will transform your query letter from a document that could be rejected to a document that will make agents take you seriously.