March Book Madness: Tips on Querying with Lynn Wiese Sneyd

Today is the first official day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS.

Here’s the Schedule:

I feel very lucky to have Lynn Wiese Sneyd here, talking about querying. I personally have not queried any agents since I worked directly with Deseret Book on Sadie, so I know very little on the subject except that it can be done and it can be done well. Thank you, Lynn, for being willing to give us some advice and I’ll let you take over. 

Lynn:  It took me six months to get up the nerve to write my first query letter. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a book that guided me along the uneven path through the dark forest – How to Write Irresistible Query Letters by Lisa Collier Cool. I studied, highlighted, and almost memorized this seminal work. Finally I wrangled the courage to pen a query. Boom! It hit a home run, scored an agent and soon after a publisher. Needless to say, to this day Lisa Collier Cool and her book remain my heroes and I still follow her formula. (Lisa’s book is available on Amazon and you can follow her on Twitter at @LisaCollierCool.) 

Like book proposals, query letters are formulaic. They need to contain certain pieces of information, while enticing an agent or editor, motivating him or her to ask for your article, book proposal or book manuscript. The key components of a query letter include the following: 

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