Friday, September 12, 2008

The Query Project: Fourteen writers share query letters that landed them an agent or editor

Joshua Palmatier, the man who brought you The Plot Synopsis Project, has organized another useful writer's show & tell: The Query Project. He's gathered fourteen extraordinary writers and asked them to share their query letters with you, queries that landed each of them an agent or an editor. They've also included their own commentary on the feedback received from the agent or editor.

Here's a link to the participating writers. Go explore!
Paul Crilley
Chris Dolley
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Gregory Frost
Simon Haynes
Jackie Kessler
Glenda Larke
John Levitt
Joshua Palmatier
Janni Lee Simner
Maria V. Snyder
Jennifer Stevenson
Edward Willett
David J. Williams


debra said...

Thanks Colleen. This was certainly interesting to read, but a lot of these authors were previously published and their query letters reflected that point. I was hoping to see more queries that got authors their first agent/publishing deal.

Jeff said...

A query letter can get you in the door, but you have to have done the work to back up your claims.

Unless you're a Republican running for president.

Pamala Knight said...

Thanks Colleen for sharing this. It helps to see different approaches and to sift through what works and what doesn't in query letters.

storm grant said...

Thanks for linking to this. As you can see from your links, I linked back here. Hope that's okay.

Aimless Writer said...

Yikes! A gold mine!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And a big thanks to all the authors who shared.