What do you want to see in a query?
A query should be one page in length, include a synopsis/pitch of one or two paragraphs about your completed and polished novel, genre and word count, and pertinent information about your previous publishing experience, if any.
Please include the first five sample pages along with the query cover letter, included within the body of the e-mail.
For non-fiction queries, it is basically the same: a one-page query, information about your manuscript, previous publishing credentials, and basis of expertise or platform.
- A query is a business letter, and in most instances will be your introduction to this agency. When you proofread your query, keep this in mind. Do not rely on spell check function of your computer.
- Make your query letter as good as it can be - a query is not something to dash off and send out. You get one chance to make a first impression.
- Don’t be creative with the fonts, or artistic with the presentation. Not only does it make it difficult to read, it’s hard to take seriously.
- Include your contact information.
- Make sure there are no impediments to our response, i.e., filter permission requests.
- It’s a good idea to have a dedicated e-mail address for your queries and responses. Keep in mind a name looks more professional in the incoming e-mail than a nickname.
- Check the indicator box on our submission form so your query goes to the right mailbox.
- If we ask to see your material, please include the original query (without the pages repeated).
- If we ask to see your material, please send it in a timely fashion. What we request now may not be what we’re looking to see in six months.
- Do not send unrequested materials.