What is a "query letter"?


A query letter is a letter that briefly describes your project and that asks the recipient if he or she is interested in seeing the whole project. Sometimes a query letter may be accompanied by an excerpt from the manuscriptaone page of a picture-book story, or ten pages from a novel, for example. The publisher’s submission guidelines will tell you exactly what to send.

The trick to writing a good query letter is to get the right balance between overview and details. You want to give the reader enough to understand the project and get interested in it, but not so much that they get bored or distracted by minor issues. Think of it as writing a book report on your own book, or as a movie trailer. Obviously, a query letter should also be professional, gracious, and no more than one page long. For more information, contact the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. chcbooks


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Posted: July 14th, 2008
at 6:19am by Koookiecrumbles

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  1. Man, who cares what a query letter is? And children’s book writers? Huh?

    What kind of blog is this?


    14 Jul 08 at 12:44 pm


  2. this is a blog for the children of the world.

    if you don’t care how are we supposed to care?

    childrens book writers drop a lot of knowledge kind sir’

    i want you to read a story and think of all the children.



    14 Jul 08 at 12:50 pm



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