I want to begin with the query letter intensive presented by Andrea Morrison because it was such a great intensive. I learned a lot and even wrote my first real query letter draft for a manuscript I’m calling ValenTINA.
Here are some of the notes I took:
- Personalize query letters, don’t just send them out! Basically, research who you are querying, indicate your research somewhere in your letter, and if you have met that person at a conference or something, MENTION THAT.
- Look up the genres they publish.
- Just remember that when you query an agent and you actually get them to represent you, that usually indicates a big career decision. You can consider this a for life kind of deal though things do happen and you can possibly get another agent.
- Just send queries, don’t email and ask if you can!
- 60 days is a safe check in time for response.
- Comp titles are great but if you can’t compare then don’t worry about it.
- If you want and you have them, state that your book is apart of a series.
- Talk about your project, personalize query letter, tell about yourself (everything related to writing/illustrating career, SCBWI, conferences, critique groups if not published.)
- Really make sure everything in your letter is relevant.
- Link to your site, don’t add photos to your letter.
- Paste your submission after your letter in email a couple spaces down. They really don’t like attachments!
- CHECK SUBMISSION GUIDELINES!
And to my query letter that I wrote during the intensive, I had asked her if my query was too short and she said that short and sweet is totally fine as long as I covered each points mentioned above.
And that’s all folks! Great intensive and I’ll be adding more notes on here later tonight!