Writing Advice

DISCLAIMER

*Hello there! I’m here with my two cents on writing advice. This is all my opinion and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Feel free to contact me with any questions*

My first post will be about writing query letters, something I’m currently doing! All of this info is from the Writing Young Adult Literature for Dummies book. You can get it on Amazon for $11.

So, to start off, there are three main parts to your query letter; The Opening, The Pitch, and The Closing.

Let’s talk about The Opening. Your opening should catch the attention of the addressee. Skip the pleasantries. Include an intriguing one liner, with the genre, the main characters age, and the main theme and/or main conflict).

(Example of two openings on pg. 249)

Let’s talk about The Pitch. The pitch takes the attention you snagged with paragraph one, and builds it up to strong curiosity and then to action. Tease the main story line without revealing the resolution and position project for specific audience. Here are a few thing you can do;

  1. Set up the story line
  2.  Position in the story
  3. Call out universal themes
  4. Mention similar books
  5. Highlight fresh angles
  6. Plug timelines
  7. Note cliche markets

(Example of a pitch paragraph)

Let’s talk about the Closing Paragraph. Writes a closing that sells you. The pitch paragraph focuses on you. Include extra material, access to audience, and platform items. This is where you include your writing credentials, relevant non writing credentials, and platform opportunities.

Let’s talk about The Closing. This is where you end your letter and thank the agent. Your query letter should be one page in length, single spaced, 12 point font, New Times Roman font, with one inch margins, left aligned and right ragged. You should include your contact info at the top, center or left aligned under the date. It should include your name, address, email, and phone number. You should also include their info at the top as well. The last thing to include is salutations. A simple ‘Sincerely, (Y/N) will suffice.

Your query letter should be three paragraphs, each paragraph separated by a line space with no indent. Your sign off should include a space for your signature and then type your name after that.

Thanks for reading and tell me what you think in the comments 🙂