How to Crush Your Query

Hi there, Writers! 

So many people come to me for query help that I put together this blog to help you crush it because I know that you can! 

Writing your query shouldn't be so scary!

Writing queries is something that most writers find terrifying but I find it fun. A chance to get to talk about my novel??? AWESOME! 

I know that they seem hard, but really you can craft a perfect query with some very easy steps.

Remember always be personal to the agent you are querying and always FOLLOW the submissions listed on the agent's website. This is super important.

Then your pitch needs to be quick and concise and contain a GREAT HOOK. This is what will sell your story.

I have taught writing queries for many years and worked 1:1 with writers perfecting theirs.

You can also find information just by googling. I have also included some links for you.

Eric Smith is an agent and writer who has given his expertise on his website. Check it out. https://www.ericsmithrocks.com/perfect-pitch

John Cusick is also an agent and writer who has given his expertise here. Check it out.

https://johnmcusick.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/a-pretty-much-foolproof-never-fail-silver-bullet-query-opening/

You can also find more information on QUERY TRACKER https://querytracker.net

One extra tip to help with that query! 

You have no problem talking with friends about your project right? Your screenplay is going to be awesome and you are excited to tell everyone about it? Your new YA novel is so cool and you know that it will take the teen readers by storm as soon as it comes out? Right?

But then you go to query it and all of a sudden stage fright sets in big time and you can't think of what to say or how to say it, you are reduced to being a small child and it ends up something like this. 

And there was this guy and then this happens, and then he meets this person and they want this and then this happens and he's really smart and then they go here... and blah blah blah, I'm already bored and an agent or a reader will use it to line the wastepaper basket (metaphorically as everything is on email these days-but you get the point).

That happens because you lose your confidence! 

So, here is a secret that will help you. 

When you start writing your query-use the formula above but write it like you are talking to a friend. This is a chance to talk about your story--keep that excitement and don't be boring. 

Think about that query as just another chance to tell someone about how great your book is. 

I know you can do it!! 

 

BTW since so many people are leaving FB I have joined MeWe as well. Click the HERE to join me there. 

Social media tip--always use YOUR REAL NAME--if you have some clever name and I don't recognize it I probably won't add you :) 

 

Thank you for reading and if you have any specific query questions please get in touch!

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Happy Writing xo 

Stephanie

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