Formatting Queries Question…

Q. Hi Chuck.  I noticed in your book, Guide to Literary Agents, you say writers should include their contact information in the upper righthand corner of the query letter, but in the Writer’s Market both examples of a “good query” for books have the contact information at the bottom left, more like a conventional letter. Is this an important detail? Are both places acceptable?
    – Jason

A. I would say put your contact info at the top of the letter.  My preference is to center it and bold your name.  But you can also push it right – that’s no big deal.  You can also put some contact info at the bottom of the letter, such as repeating your e-mail and phone, but I would not recommend putting your info only at the bottom.  Keep it at the top, and you’ll be fine. It’s not a big deal.

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  1. Janet Reid

    You’ll want to distinguish between paper queries and email queries here.
    Don’t put your address at the top of an email query. If an agent only sees 12 lines of a query, your address isn’t the most compelling part of what you’re offering.


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