How to Write a Query Letter

Fellow writers,

When I recently attended the MD conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, I was suprised at the number of questions on how to write a good query letter.  Thus, in this post, I’m including a link to Nathan Bransford’s blog.  He was a literary agent turned author who has a great blog chock-full of writing tips.  The particular link below includes his advice on writing a query letter to a literary agent. 


If anyone wants to include a comment with their query letter attached, I’d be happy to review it for you and give you my thoughts.  I’d also love to see some query letters that were successful at getting someone published.  Great examples are hard to find!

2 Comments on How to Write a Query Letter

  • girl101 says:
    July 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I’ll start. Here’s my query letter for The Garden Ball:

    Dear Agent Name,

    Seventy-eight years ago my grandmother, Lea Rutman, wrote a children’s picture book, The Garden Ball when she was eighteen. My grandmother told me the story for years, and after she passed away my mother told me the story too. I grew up with a love of gardens, specifically violets, because of this tale. I’ve been editing it off and on for the past ten years and am now finally looking for an agent and publisher. I’m specifically writing to you because…

    The Garden Ball is about a group of flowers outside the Fletcher house who hold a ball once a year to crown a king and queen for each type of flower family. The violets are most prominent and there are two hopefuls for this year’s queen position, Viola and Pansy. Whereas Pansy is vain and pompous, Viola is the exact opposite with her modesty and sweetness. The race for queen is even until Pansy rips off one of Viola’s petals. The garden flowers must decide whether or not to continue basing the queen and king roles on looks alone or focus on inner beauty instead.

    I live in Washington DC and work as an instructional designer. Besides writing The Garden Ball in conjunction with my mother and grandmother, I have written a young adult novel and a women’s literary book. I have a webpage, http://www.girlclassified.com where I give more information about my writing and blog about writing in general. Also, I write under the pen name Rori Shay.

    Thank you for taking the time to consider representing my work. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


  • Joyce says:
    September 9, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I think you’ve just catupred the answer perfectly


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