Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters

ISBN-10: 1582975663

ISBN-13: 9781582975665

Edition: 2009

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A good query letter sent to the right editor will not only increase the chances of a sale, but its also the most effective way to pre-sell an idea. This comprehensive guide to all types of queries gives writers the tools they need to craft powerfully persuasive letters that connect with editors and agents. Writers will learn how to recognize, develop, target, and pre-sell their ideas; hook an editor with a tantalizing lead; and sell themselves as the writer for the subject. With dozens of sample query letters, this guide is a must-have for every writer's bookshelf.
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: Up for the Challenge?
What's a Query Anyway?
Why Use a Query Letter?
Who Writes Queries?
Knowing When You're Ready
The Ever-Evolving Query Letter
The Web
Increased Foreign Correspondence
Keeping Track Of Submissions
Query Basics
Thou Shalt Look Professional
Include an SASE (If You're Querying by Snail Mail)
Address Your Query to the Right Editor or Agent, With the Right Title
Format Your Query According to Industry Standards
Spell the Magazine, Agency, or Publishing House Correctly and Get Its Address Right
Thou Shalt Pitch a Great Lead
Thou Shalt Tailor Your Query to the Magazine
Thou Shalt Offer a Fresh Idea
Thou Shalt Be Creative in Your Presentation
Thou Shalt Tighten Your Query Angle
Thou Shalt Sweeten the Pot
Photos, Graphics, Illustrations, or Renderings
Sidebars and Sidelights
The Giveaway
Thou Shalt Not Propose the Impossible
Failure to Deliver
Short Turnarounds
Impossible Word Counts
Thou Shalt Show Credentials
Thou Shalt Have Fun
Article Queries
Components Of A Query
The Opening Hook
The Supporting Details
Your Qualifications
The Thank-You
Identifying Your Market
Decoding Writer's Guidelines
Whom to Contact
How to Contact
Web Site
Preferred Word Count
Types of Material Accepted
Percent of Freelance Material Accepted
Publication Frequency
Founding Date
Pay Rates
Payment Terms
Number of Manuscripts Purchased Each Year
Information on Photo Submissions
If the Magazine Has Online Versions
Rights Purchased
Notes From the Editor
General Information About the Magazine
If Byline/Bio Is Given
Lead Time
If Simultaneous Submissions Are Accepted
How to Receive a Sample Copy
Kill Fee
Visits Per Month
Special Issues
Response Time
If Reprints Are Accepted
Famous People Who Have Contributed
If the Publication Pays for Writer's Expenses
Other Market Resources
Knowing What Editors Want
Impress an Editor With ...
Depress an Editor With ...
Nonfiction Book Queries
Query vs. Proposal
The Opening Hook
The Supporting Details
Your Qualifications
The Summary
The Thank-You and Request to Send the Proposal
Book Proposals
Key Components of a Nonfiction Book Proposal
Choosing a Publisher
Catch a Book Editor's Eye With ...
Ensure an Editor Will Overlook You By ...
Special Nonfiction Book Considerations
Novel Queries
Understanding the Fiction Query
The Credentials Question
Common Novel Query Mistakes
Components of a Novel Synopsis
Agent Queries
Components of an Agent Query Letter
Landing Agent Representation
Approach With Caution
Choosing Wisely
Becoming the Model Client
Have a Platform
Understand the Business and Its Processes
Be Willing to Rewrite
Respect Your Agent's Opinions
Have a Book Deal With a Publisher
Have Incredible Talent (Without the Ego)
Have Patience
Strive for More Than One Book
Be Careful With Referrals
A Client Only a Mother Could Love
Sending Unfocused Queries
Not Following Through on Deadlines
Including Irrelevant Information in Your Query
Pushing for Too Much Control
Expectating an Unrealistic Advance and Royalties
Following Up
Magazine Article Queries
Queries to Agents
Queries to Book Publishers
Interpreting Rejection Letters (And the Coded Phrases Within Them)
Responding to an Acceptance or Rejection
Other Forms of Correspondence
Cover Letters
Thank-You Notes
Turning Down an Assignment
Pulling an Article Submission
Requesting Information From a Source
Complaining to an Editor
Following Up on a "Maybe"
Following Up on Payment
Some Parting Words
Glossary of Terms
For Further Study
Trade Magazines
Books and Reference Guides
Web Sites
Organizations and Genre Groups
Online Writing Courses
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