During the MWW 2020 Agent Fest, our Query Letter Critique Team offers, for an additional fee of $50, the opportunity to meet for a 10-minute one-on-one consultation with an agent/editor to discuss your query letter AND the first page of your manuscript. Faculty on the Query Critique Team include:
- Ian Bonaparte
- Kerry D’Agostino
- Jennifer Grimaldi
- Amanda Luedeke
- Eric Myers
- Patricia Nelson
- Abby Saul
- Dani Segelbaum
- Erin Calligan Mooney
- Loan Le
Email (to email@example.com with your agent’s or editor’s name in the subject line) by February 7, 2020: One-page (single-spaced) query letter + first page of your manuscript (double-spaced) and you will receive a comprehensive critique.
The query letter is the time-honored tool for writers seeking publication. A query letter is a sales letter that attempts to persuade an editor or agent to request a full manuscript or proposal.
It’s your all-important first contact with an agent. It’s a one-page letter that explains who you are and what your book is about. Your query must be exceptional to get agents to request sample chapters for review. If your query letter is not up to snuff, agents will send a rejection rather than a request for more material.
For tips on queries, click on these links
- Janet Reid’s QueryShark blog
- See my favorite how-to post on novel queries by Marcus Sakey.
- You can also read my 10-part series on writing novel queries. (Jane Friedman)
- For special considerations on memoir, reference this post. (Jane Friedman)