Then I realized it is not the entire idea that has to be concentrated into a tiny space, instead the letter needs create excitement for the person I query. It should create the desire to read it. In other words - market my manuscript. Ah! Marketing, it always boils down to those 9 letters.
Marketing 101: create demand - make them want it....
A query letter needs to be short - no more than a page.
It needs to have a hook. Create a buzz, and make them want to pick it up and read it. Instead of just trying to surmise the entire manuscript into a small paragraph, pitch the story using the pivotal point in which the story begins - what sets the actions into play...
Then try to take a bow somehow. This will be a challenge since I have nothing published to tout, but still I have finished a manuscript, it counts for something.
There is so much information out there to help, but I believe the best advice I have heard so far is to take the time to write the query letter correctly. A few words on a page can make a big difference if they are written with thoughtful care.
Here are some sites where I found helpful information.
Nathan Bransford - was a literary agent now author
Song in my head this week ...
Yanni World Tour 2012-2013 Recently caught the show here at the Orpheum - strongly recommend you check it out if you get a chance - music without borders!
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