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lucinda-blumenfeld's picture
Apr.24.2012
  Writers can slave away at their books, sometimes over the course of many years, before emerging to find an agent and publisher. As an inherently isolated task, writers fall prey to an almost inevitable mistake: they lose touch with the current market for literature and contemporary authors,...
lucinda-blumenfeld's picture
Apr.24.2012
Writers can slave away at their books, sometimes over the course of many years, before emerging to find an agent and publisher. As an inherently isolated task, writers fall prey to an almost inevitable mistake: they lose touch with the current market for literature and contemporary authors, many...
nina-amir's picture
Dec.22.2011
You've got a great idea for a nonfiction book. You've written a killer book proposal. Now you need a fabulous query letter to grab an agent or a publisher so they ask you to send your proposal for review. To write a killer query, you need a one-page letter with three basic sections or...
nina-amir's picture
Nov.13.2011
The adage says, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” For writers, that first impression often gets made not in person but in writing with a query letter. In that document, which is sent to a literary agent (and sometimes to a small publisher) if you are looking for a...
randy-susan-meyers's picture
Mar.09.2010
 Want to make a writer shudder? Ask them if they’ve queried yet. Recently I led a workshop on The Great American Query Letter and the participants shuffled in with the reluctance (not to say dread) of women about to try on bathing suits in an open-corral fitting room. A co-ed one. But like a job...
midge-raymond's picture
Dec.01.2009
After reading this article, “A Good Author Is Hard to Find,” I realized that writing queries can be almost more challenging than the book you’ve just finished — and in many ways, more important: If you don’t have a great query, agents won’t be asking to see your great novel. The best thing I can...
nina-amir's picture
Nov.11.2009
If you want to sell your nonfiction writing, at some point you'll have to write a query letter. This holds true whether you are writing a book, an article or an essay. If you remain uncertain about what writing a query letter entails, return to the origins of the word itself. The word "query...