QUERY BASICS: Part III

Like a fine wine, a successful query needs to finish well.

Once you’ve told us

1. What your book is
2. Who you are,

It’s important that you close your query by letting the agent know you are ready to send your materials however he/she prefers—without sounding too pushy.

QUERY BASICS: Part I

To get your query and therefore your manuscript noticed by an agent, you need to start it off with a bang. Something that gets our attention. Present a problem or a situation in preferably one tight, functional sentence that either grabs us and forces us to care or shows us that others already care about what is sure to follow in your query. Create a gap that needs to be filled by none other than your book.