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Good Query Letters

According to, a good query letter should have three simple paragraphs:
1. The hook or headline (a one-sentence teaser that gets the agent's attention).
2. A mini-synopsis (stuffing your 250 page book into a 150 word 
3. Your mini-biography (a short paragraph about your writing 
    experience and why you wrote this book).
 Remember: One page only!

It has a single goal: to get an agent to respond to you.
Actual query letters are viewable at:  
• Another example and simple breakdown of a good query letter is 
    found at
• A great site for research into the art of query letters can be found at

• Find 23 successful query letters here. (Great resource)
*To see what your query should not look like, check out the query letter from hell.
There is no "one-size-fits-all" query letter. Non-fiction queries differ from fiction. Different agents have different requirements. Pay strict attention to an agent's guidelines for queries. Only supply what each agent asks for—nothing more; nothing less. And remember, no more than one page. Short and sweet and to the point describes the perfect (one-page) query letter.
KEEP IN MIND: Securing an agent/landing a book deal is very difficult. If you don't have any success, don't be afraid to self-publish—it won't keep you from attracting the attention of a traditional publisher if he sees your book selling well. It happened to a friend of mine.

If your book has enough sales, you should consider finding a distributor.

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                         Updated August 13, 2015