Whether you’re drafting your first ever query letter or have written a whole bunch of them, the truth remains the same: query letters can be tough. Each manuscript is different. Heck, each query letter is a little different! Even when you’re querying the same manuscript to multiple people you still need to take the time to change your greeting and personalization for each submission. We get a lot of questions via our various Sub It Club outlets about query letter writing. Many people just want to know where to start. It’s time for a query letter breakdown!
A query letter should contain three important parts: the hook, the book, and the cook. Maybe you’ve heard that one before. I don’t know where it originated but it’s a catchy way to remember the main things you need to cover in your query. Here’s the breakdown:
Opening: Dear (Agent or Editor Name):
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