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November 26, Are you trying to get a literary agent? Are the agencies sending you form rejection letters or not responding at all? Do you want to get an agency to call you back and ask for your manuscript after reading your query letter? For over three years I was the assistant to a highly-successful New York City literary agent who represented numerous NY Times Bestsellers, made film deals with major studios, and sold manuscripts to publishers all over the world.
During that time a large part of my job was reading and evaluating unsolicited query letters, proposals, and manuscripts from the slush pile.
Like most agents' assistants, I had the full authority to reject anything. Each day the agent and I would meet and go over promising query letters, and with my guidance she would pick which ones to call back and ask for additional material.
Often there were none that jumped out at us as anything special -- and most days there were only one or possibly two that merited her attention.
After all that time in the trenches in a top New York agency, I can truly say without overstating it, that I have the ultimate inside knowledge on what the query letter readers are looking for. Were there queries that I rejected that probably would have been great books worthy of representation by our agency?
Absolutely, I have no doubt.
But most authors simply have wrong ideas about how to truly make their query letter get an agent's or agent's assistant's attention -- because most of what has been previously written or told about writing an effective query letter is complete nonsense.
For proof of this, just go find your favorite magazine article or book on the subject of writing an effective query letter, and examine the author's background credentials.
What does it say? Author of dozens of magazine articles? Those might be nice jobs to have, but none of them are truly relevant to getting the absolute no-nonsense facts about the what the literary agency slush pile trolls are looking for.
I can tell you why one query letter gets a form rejection letter while another query letter makes the agent go weak in the knees and scramble for the phone. And it's not what you might think! Those books are there to keep wannabe writers feeling warm and cozy, so they can keep you coming back year after year to gobble up their new books and classes.
I don't care if you become a NY Times Bestseller or not. I don't care if you're a good writer or a schlockmeister.
I don't care if you ever get discovered, and I'm not here to hold your hand. I just need money to pay my bills and so I'm doing something that should have been done long ago -- I'm blowing the lid off the Literary Agent industry with my secret insider's report: Literary Agent Secrets Revealed.
This is the stuff you won't hear at writers' conferences, at writing schools, in writers' magazines, or even from fellow authors who have made it. Literary Agents certainly aren't going to tell you what I'm going to tell you, because the knowledge I'll share with you will help make your query letter leap out of the pack and genuinely excite agents -- whether your book is any good or not.
Make sure you understand that.
What I'm telling you is, I'm not here to help you make your actual book any better than it already is. I'm just going to show you how to get agencies to get happy when they read your query letter and call you back asking for the manuscript.
And my method works -- IF you follow my instructions. Keep in mind, you do NOT have to lie about anything in your query letter or otherwise. You do not have to spin the truth or fabricate anything.Learning how to write a must-read query letter is nearly as important as writing a must-read manuscript—after all, an enticing query letter is what will get an agent to say, “Love your story.
We love our digital tools (computers, smart phones, tablets and digital pens). But there’s a lot of utility and love for analog tools too whether fountain pens, ink pens (ball point, roller ball or gel), pencils, ink, typewriters (manual or electric), and paper.
One of the easiest ways to learn what makes a good, standard query letter is simply to see an example of one that does its job well.
If you write fiction or narrative nonfiction, a query letter is your first (and often, your only) chance to get an agent interested in reading (and, with hope, signing) your work. Listen, I have a book half written, some odd pages, and I'm looking for an agent.
It is a young adult apocalypse with an original twist on the zombie scene. Are you trying to get a literary agent? Are the agencies sending you form rejection letters or not responding at all?
Do you want to get an agency to call you back and ask for your manuscript after reading your query letter?
Are you trying to get a literary agent? Are the agencies sending you form rejection letters or not responding at all? Do you want to get an agency to call you back and ask for your manuscript after reading your query letter?