How to Write Attention-Grabbing Query & Cover Letters

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F+W Media, Aug 15, 2000 - Reference - 208 pages
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John Wood sees it with numbing regularity: the query letter that comes close to making a sale - until the writer makes some fatal, but avoidable mistake.

&break;&break;So the Modern Maturity senior editor wrote this letter-writer's guidebook. Read it, learn from it, use its secrets to write queries that get accepted.


  • why boldness beats blandness every time&break;
  • how to rocket your query right past the slush pile&break;
  • how to make a big impression with a little cover letter&break;
  • the 10 basics you must have in your article query&break;
  • the 10 query blunders that can ruin your chances&break;
  • how to dramatize your novel with a query/synopsis package&break;
  • what a book proposal is, why you need it, and how to write it
&break;&break;As you publish more, your professional correspondence will increase. Whether the correspondence is a complaint to your editor, a celebrity interview request or anything else connected with your career, you'll make it ring with style and professionalism with this book.

&break;&break;Wood includes chapter-ending Question & Answer sections that clarify issues concerning the type of letter at hand. He's also packed the book with illustrative samples. You'll see many that are pure dynamite - and one real bomb.

&break;&break;Read this book and immediately begin to write energetic, masterly, persuasive letters. Keep editors hanging on your words. Make them eager to buy your work.

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Don't know how this book is-just started it! But I am excited to get some motivation to write my Query and cover letter and get started on my project of getting my story published. Read full review


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Wood has been a senior editor at Modern Maturity since 1983 where he has read, in his estimation, more than 25,000 query letters. From 1989 to 1991, he also served as an editorial consultant for Newcastle Publishing Company, where he helped conceive and edit the "Looking Forward Collection," a new line of books geared to people over fifty. He has lectured to writer's organizations, has been a judge for various writer's contests and has served as a consultant to the Writer's Digest School. His articles have appeared in Basketball Digest, Newsday, the Miami Herald, Writer's Digest and Writer's Market.

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