Monday, May 19, 2008

Write an “It’s Great” Query Letter

“An art whose medium is language will always show a high degree of critical creativeness, for speech is itself a critique of life: it names, it characterizes, it passes judgment, in that it creates.”—Thomas Mann

Top Six “How to Kill” An Editor or Agent's Interest

The old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” applies to writing a query letter. It’s like a first date. It may be your only chance to receive an editor or agent’s call.

Rachelle Gardner, an agent with WordServe, gave Springs Writers a few tips that put an editor or agent on guard or kill their interest.

“This article or book is great.”
“Your reader’s will love it.”
“My revolutionary work…”
“There are no books written about this.”
“This is perfect for your publishing house.”
“This breathless story…”

An agent or editor wants to read a letter that makes them say, “This is great!” For more writing tips, check out Rachelle’s blog.

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