How to Write a Query Letter: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

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Atlantic Publishing Company, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 336 pages
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This book was written for the potential writer looking to effectively write and send a query letter that will grab the attention of editors and agents. You will learn the basics of writing to someone in a letter, including the etiquette and format that apply to printed text you may not know from using email. You will learn how to address writers and editors and what specific things should be in a query letter, from the format of the first paragraph, to describing yourself as an author to the editor or agent.

You will read numerous sample query letters to see how they should and should not look and will learn what ten major mistakes to avoid in all query letters. You will learn how to format a nonfiction book query and proposal as well as one for a novel.

Dozens of interviews were conducted with both writers who have successfully written query letters and editors who routinely read them to develop a walkthrough of everything that does and does not work. You will learn how to format and write the perfect cover letter and what the etiquette is for numerous different letters between you and an editor.

Finally, you will learn how to start formatting your query letters in email as the preferred new format for many editors. No matter whom you are contacting and what you are trying to pitch, this book will provide detailed information to help you get your writing picked up.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president‚e(tm)s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.† Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

 

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Contents

Introduction
13
Coming Up with Ideas for Your Query Letters
25
Pursing the Attainable Dream of Getting Published
43
Where to Sell What You Write
59
Query Letter Modus Operandi
77
Query Letters Compared and Contrasted
93
Query Letter Basic Training
111
The Anatomy of the Query Letter
121
How Not to Write a Query Letter
161
Querying a Literary Agent for Representation
171
Submitting Your Query
183
When Query Letters Are Not Required
199
What to Do While You Wait
211
You Have Landed the Assignment Now What?
229
Conclusion
253
Copyright

Refining Your Query Letter Before Submission
143

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About the author (2013)

Donna M. Murphy is technical and business communications specialist and published author who develops and designs customized products for print and online media. Business publications, process documentation, manuals, and presentations are her forte. Donna provides editorial and publication design services to a variety of industries including publishing, information technology, small business, career cultivation for women, and personal branding. Before her communication and design work, Donna worked as a computer systems analyst, a Web content editor, a technical copywriter, and a communications instructor. Her clients have included HP, Motorola, GE, Texas Children‚e(tm)s Hospital, and Shell. Donna has worked as an assistant editor to Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., where she edited and coauthored How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Vending Business, and The Complete Guide to Windowsill Plants. Donna is also the author of two self-published books: Organize Your Books in 6 Easy Steps, and The Woman‚e(tm)s Guide to Self-Publishing. She has authored and published numerous articles and resource booklets, which have been featured in various magazines, business journals, and online communities including Real Women Real Issues, Work.Home.You., The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Suite101, Digital Women, iVillage, and Bizymoms

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