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The Query Letter--What Not to Do

This is a reblog of Lindsay Ribar’s excellent post, originally here: http://lindsayribar.tumblr.com/post/103578580193/i-read-120-ish-queries-today-and-then-made-a-poem.

Queries are tricky little things; I’ve spent months in Query Letter Hell (yes, that’s its real name) on Absolute Write trying to improve my query skills, and it’s STILL a work in progress. 219 more words

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Query letters to literary agents: Don’t be weird

By Roz DeKett

Literary agent Janet Reid runs the Query Shark web site. There are some of my notes from her talk at the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. 473 more words

Roz DeKett

Flash Fiction

I am an avid reader of Janet Reid’s blog.  Though she doesn’t represent my genre of writing, her tips and advice are generally applicable to the writing public in general.  242 more words


Focus Your Query Letter

This is a common mistake in queries: trying to get everything on the page. Focus. Your main character. What’s her problem? What choices does she face?

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Every single word in a query letter matters. Use the most specific, vivid word you can every single time.

From Query Shark Blog, Janet Reid, 2008


The right way to query a literary agent about your book

By Roz DeKett

Janet Reid, the literary agent who runs QueryShark, gave a thorough and helpful overview on how to query (and how not to query… 610 more words