How do you write a query letter?


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A query letter is a one-page cover letter that is meant to introduce the agent to the writer and her book. The letter should have a paragraph each for the hook, the mini-synopsis of the work and the writer's biography. The letter should end by thanking the agent for considering the work and saying that the full manuscript is available on request.

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The letter should be addressed to a specific agent. The first paragraph should include the title of the book and its hook, which is a concise, one-sentence tagline for the book that attracts the reader's interest. If possible, the writer should include why she is writing to this specific agent. The second paragraph should sum up the entire book. It should expand on the hook by giving information about the main characters, their conflicts and problems and how adversity affects their lives. It should also mention the word count of the book. The third paragraph is a biography of the writer. It should be short and only related to writing. Then, the writer should finish the letter with the closing. A query letter should be in 12-point font and single-spaced with a space between each paragraph. The writer should include her phone number, mailing address and email address.

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