Tips for writing a query letter:
1. Make your friends read your novel.
2. Make your friends right a ‘back of the book’ summary of your novel.
3. Write your own ‘back of the book’ summary of your novel.
4. Write your query letter using a composite of the best parts of all of the ‘back of the book’ summaries and a little blurb about your own literary accomplishments (you can find examples online for reference).
5. Make your friends read it, review it, tear it apart.
6. Start over.
7. When they finally have nothing to tear apart, you have a usable query letter. Congratulations.
I’ve just finished my first draft of my query letter and am about to send it off to my friends to tear apart. I’ll probably have to make it longer. I’ll probably have to change it six times. But that’s okay, because it’s better to know what’s wrong with it now than to not know and send it off to twenty or so agents who would have otherwise loved your story. Don’t make those mistakes. QUERY LETTERS MATTER.
That is all. Have a lovely day. If any of you have your own query letter writing experiences, please, feel free to share them! It would be very helpful to those of us in the processes now!