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QUERY 101 SERIES February 21, 2014

Query 101B



After writing an amazing book, one of the most daunting tasks in publishing can be crafting a query. For beginning writers this task can seem overwhelming. Not only do you have to sum up your book in 1-2 paragraphs (which is mind-boggling), but you have to craft it in such a way to convey both the story and voice of your main character.


I’ve been in the query trenches off and on for two years and know how overwhelming (and scary) the process can be. There is a ton of information on the internet about how to craft a perfect query, and people offering all kinds of advice. With this in mind, I have decided to begin this series, Query 101, to help make the process of writing, researching and sending a query a little less daunting.


The series will have ten installments and will cover: query basics, researching the perfect agent for your project, handling that uncomfortable nudge, and much more.


I plan to post this series every other Friday (when possible). As always, I am open to helpful suggestions that will provide important information to writers who are planning to make the big jump into query trenches.


Here is a list of scheduled posts in the series (topics are subject to change):


1) Query Basics – Where Do I Begin?


2) Query Structure


3) The Body of a Query (Character, Conflict & Cost)


4) Research


5) The Personalization Quandary


6) A Thoughtful Strategy Before Hitting “Send”


7) Handling A Request/Manuscript Format


8) Nudging Etiquette


9) Handling “The Call” (Guest Post by Literary Agent Pooja Menon)


10) Dealing With Multiple Offers (Guest Post by MarcyKate Connolly)




4 Responses to “QUERY 101 SERIES”

  1. I absolutely love this idea! I’ve made soooo many query mistakes, request bungles and nudge disasters. I look forward to this series!

  2. mab6hh Says:

    Queries….so difficult…I still can’t get everything into 2 paragraphs. I used three. But it’s still only one page single spaced.

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