Thursday, April 22, 2010

Query Letter Tip

There was a great tip in today's Guide to Literary Agents (GLA) newsletter. I've  pasted it below for those of you who didn't see it yet.

"A great way to start your query letter is by explaining to an agent why you've picked them out of the big pile. In other words, what is your "connection" to the agent? This connection doesn't have to mean you're friends with her brother-in-law or you both went to the same high school. It could simply mean that you read an interview online where she explained how she wasn't seeing enough boy-centric YA come through the slush pile. If you have a boy-centric YA manuscript that's ready to go out, that's your connection. State it upfront and show the agent why you've chosen to query her."

-Chuck Sambuchino, Editor, Guide to Literary Agents

Here are some ways to find articles and information on agents that can be used for this approach in your query letter:
  1. Review the agent interview archives at the GLA Blog.
  2. Search for articles online
  3. Sign-up for blogs or newsletters from agents you are interested in querying
  4. Follow industry conference & event schedules. Often agents will be interviewed at these events, or will participate in round table discussions.
  5. Subscribe to writing magazines, here are a few of note:
    1. Poets & Writers Magazine
    2. Writers Digest
    3. The Writer Magazine
    4. Writers' Journal

3 comments:

Christine Danek said...

Thanks for the tip. :)

jessjordan said...

Don't do that to Janet Reed. It seems to annoy the crap out of her. :)

Michelle said...

I love following Janet's blog. I actually got to meet her briefly at the WD Writers Conference last year - she was a real hoot! I wish my work matched what she represents because I'd love to work with her.