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Query Letters

How to Happily Write a Query Letter

William Kenower | Posted 06.02.2016 | Books
William Kenower

We writers like to be alone for good reasons. To do this work we must turn our attention toward what we know best: ourselves. As much as we love to share our work with other people, those other people can become debilitating distractions if we let them.

Should You Self-Publish or Pursue a Mainstream Publisher?

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 03.14.2016 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

Over the past month, I have fielded numerous inquiries about book development and promotion, so I figured it would be helpful to share with you my tips for both. In this first installment, I'll focus on the starting point question of whether to self-publish or pursue a mainstream publisher.

Freelance Writers: How to Write a Query Letter in 2016 That Gets a Response (Also in 2016)

Amy Segreti | Posted 02.23.2016 | Media
Amy Segreti

The query letter is the gatekeeper of publishing at higher-tier magazines and respected online journals and websites. It's also the bane of some writ...

How to Write the Perfect Query Letter for Your Scripts

ScreenCraft | Posted 12.14.2015 | Entertainment

Do your research, feel free to take some shots in the dark, and just keep getting your concepts out there. Your odds of success increase with each and every query you send.

Debra Diamond on Going from Wall Street to Published Author

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Debra Diamond when at Pitchapalooza in Politics and Prose, one of the great book stores in America. She has completed an amazing journey ...

Building Your Own Castle

Graham Milne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Books
Graham Milne

Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle.

Why I Love Query Rejections

A.J. Walkley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Books
A.J. Walkley

The rejections are a learning opportunity. A rejection tells me that this particular agent is not the right fit for my work; he or she will not be the best advocate and is not the partner I need in this next chapter of my writing career.

7 Essential Query Letter Writing Tips

Posted 12.23.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: You’ve written, rewritten, and agonized over every word in your manuscript. Now that you’re ready to submit your boo...

Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions

Heather Hummel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

The reason for rejections typically comes down to a few key issues. Follow these solutions, and my bet is doors will start opening.

WRITERS: How To Use A Pen Name In Your Query Letter

| Posted 06.12.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: There are a lot of reasons for a writer to have a pen name—from a difficult-to-pronounce (and therefore difficult-to-r...

Why Literary Agents Attend Writers Conferences (It's Not What You Think)

Karen Dionne | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

Every week literary agents receive hundreds of query letters from aspiring writers. Why then, would agents take time from their busy schedules to go to a writers conference and meet yet more writers in person? I asked a few of my favorite agents why they attend writers conferences.

Writing a Synopsis for Your Novel: A Scary But Useful Exercise

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

What is a synopsis, anyway? Just a summary, right? Wrong. Sure, a synopsis is a summary of your novel's narrative arc and describes the main characters. However, a synopsis must also be its own entity, with dramatic turns and a clear beginning, middle, and end.

My Opposite-of-Overnight Success Publishing Story

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

I think, like with a partner, when you have the right material, there's a magic click, and you fall in love -- whether it takes six books or sixteen years on one book. Maybe that's how long it takes. As long as it takes to feel the click, and have someone else agree.

Numbers In Literary Publishing: You Have One Sentence

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 09.27.2011 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Big rejection numbers in publishing are not important. Big numbers in general are not important. No, the number to worry about is one. One. That's how many sentences you have to impress an agent or editor.

Query Fail: How NOT To Write a Query Letter

Writer's Relief Blog | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books

Want to write a query letter that will really get the attention of literary agents? There are plenty of ways to do it, but not all of them are right....

3 Key Elements of a Great Query Letter

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

There is no fast and simple rule that applies to all literary agents. However, there are some key elements you should include in your query letter to them.

The Rejection Letter of the Future Will Be Silence (And Why This is a Good Thing)

Nathan Bransford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nathan Bransford

One of the more challenging aspects of being a literary agent is dealing with the incredible deluge of submissions that pour in every single day, twen...