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    Anonymous

    Hi all,
    I’m working on writing my first query letter. Is it commonplace to reveal big spoilers in your query? I’m assuming it is since you want to give a cohesive summary of your story, but wanted to get some feedback!

    Thank you,
    Kelsey

  • #654391

    Anonymous

    From all I’ve read, spoilers are a necessity. The agent/publisher wants to know if the book is worth looking at from a publishing point of view – if they don’t get a picture of the whole book in your query, they are less likely to “waste time” asking for a closer look. These aren’t the readers of your book – they’re the people spending time and money putting the book in front of the readers.

  • #654392

    Anonymous
    KelseyL24 wrote:
    Hi all,
    I’m working on writing my first query letter. Is it commonplace to reveal big spoilers in your query? I’m assuming it is since you want to give a cohesive summary of your story, but wanted to get some feedback!

    Thank you,
    Kelsey

    A query is a sales document. It needs to be short and to the point while generating interest so the agent asks to see the full mss.

    WM has good tips on writing query letters. WD has books that tell how to write query letters.

    Check the agents website, and what WM says about them, to guide your tailoring your query to them and their preferences.

  • #654393

    jIPPity
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    KelseyL24 wrote:
    Hi all,
    I’m working on writing my first query letter. Is it commonplace to reveal big spoilers in your query? I’m assuming it is since you want to give a cohesive summary of your story, but wanted to get some feedback!

    Thank you,
    Kelsey

    Not quite sure what you mean by spoilers, but if you’re asking whether to reveal the ending, the answer is no. However, you must reveal the ending in a synopsis, but that’s different from a query letter.

    The part of your query letter that summarizes your story should be short and to the point. It should reveal just enough to make the agent hungry to read your manuscript.

    Also, avoid rhetorical questions. Most agents hate them.

    –Warren

  • #654394

    Anonymous
    wdarcy wrote:
    KelseyL24 wrote:
    Hi all,
    I’m working on writing my first query letter. Is it commonplace to reveal big spoilers in your query? I’m assuming it is since you want to give a cohesive summary of your story, but wanted to get some feedback!

    Thank you,
    Kelsey

    Not quite sure what you mean by spoilers, but if you’re asking whether to reveal the ending, the answer is no. However, you must reveal the ending in a synopsis, but that’s different from a query letter.

    The part of your query letter that summarizes your story should be short and to the point. It should reveal just enough to make the agent hungry to read your manuscript.

    Also, avoid rhetorical questions. Most agents hate them.

    –Warren

    That is the advice I have read several places. Agree on rhetorical questions or lady and tigre type teasers.

  • #654395

    AngelinaK52
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    Janet Reid has great advice for writers and samples on her blog.

    http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/
    http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

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