Yes, this didn’t get posted until the afternoon. C’mon, gimmee a break. It’s Christmas!
But you didn’t come here to look at silly Christmas memes and gifs.
Let’s talk queries.
Writing your first query can seem like a daunting task. In one or two short paragraphs you must get across all the information the agent/editor needs to understand and realize that they cannot live without your manuscript.
Tall order. But. You can do it.
THE THREE PARTS OF A PITCH
- IDENTIFY YOUR CHARACTER, AND WHAT MAKES HIM/HER UNIQUE.
- “Twelve-year-old Samuel, the oldest of fifteen children, loses his father in an unfortunate slingshot accident.”
- “Freckle-face Katrina can’t eat peanut butter like the other first-graders.”
- “Eight-year-old Wilma, born a princess, is now a slave to the Count of Monte Crisco.”
2. WHAT HE/SHE MUST OVERCOME
- “A bumpy-nosed ogre steals Chantal’s youngest puppy.”
- “When a sharknado sweeps through town…”
- “An army of gnomes overruns Lars’ home and forces him to become one of them.”
3. WHAT YOUR CHARACTER MUST ACCOMPLISH
- “Sidney must outsmart the neighborhood bully so he can walk to school unfettered.”
- “…Fauntleroy must find a way to disinfect it, so he won’t contract blood poisoning and die.”
- “…she must choose between a life of leisure or a chance to become the first woman to win the Mayfield Mustache-Growing competition.”
Tack on your genre, bio and why-I-am-writing-to-you-dear-agent, and you’ve got a query letter.
Still unsure? Read a bunch of TV synopses. It will get your brain thinking in the right pattern.