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Okay so this is a thing I’ve wanted to say for a bit, but after several friends experiences similar things in the past few weeks, I have to say something bc the publshing industry being what it is, querying writers just can’t complain on here. So here I am with a #querytip.
When you’re querying, I always advise to reach out to authors who are currently AND formerly represented by an agent who has your full and maybe has expressed more interest than that. They’ve given a R&R or emails multiple times to update you as they’re reading. Why?
Because you can follow an agent and their career for years and still have no idea what it’s like to work with them. OBVIOUSLY, you take what you hear from current and former clients with a grain of salt and make your own judgments based on your interactions...but
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Alright friends, since query structure dominated in this poll, this thread will be about what to put in your query!

#WritingCommunity #amediting #ontheporch #querytip #pubtip
First and foremost, please put the name of the agent you're querying to start. Not dear agent or dear person (yes, I've seen it).

If you're querying them via a contest or con, add a line about that in the beginning.

#WritingCommunity #amediting #ontheporch #querytip #pubtip
So how do you start your query?

Don't sugarcoat it. Introduce your character immediately. Who are they? What makes them unique or sets them up for what's about to happen?

#WritingCommunity #amediting #ontheporch #querytip #pubtip
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How to craft a query: a step-by-step guide. The purpose of this thread is to help you create a starting point/query template upon which you can build! And customize! And generally spectacular-ify! Starting in 3...2...1... #querytip #amwriting
Queries should usually open with "Dear Mr./Ms. [agent's last name]". Some agents are okay with "Dear [agent's first name]," but I'd say to default to the former just in case. DO NOT open with "To whom it may concern" or "Dear agent." Don't be overfamiliar or unprofessional.
Remember: query letters are first and foremost a form of professional correspondence. A light, fun tone is totally okay!! But getting too personal/familiar with the agent (ie mentioning her looks, using a "Hey Jen!" salutation, etc.) is creepy.
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So many manuscripts I read are just... a sequence of stuff happening. A plot isn't just stuff that happens. A character isn't just someone stuff happens to. A book isn't an accounting of stuff that happened.

A book has to be *about* something.
Plot derives from character. If your character isn't interesting then no amount of interesting stuff happening will make your story interesting.
What makes character interesting? Stakes. There has to be something at risk for your character. It can be small thing: a toy being taken away from a child, a job promotion, the regard of a friend.
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