The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is trying to write for everyone.
In this post, find 9 tips on writing query letters to publishers and literary agents from publishing professionals that will improve your chances of publishing success.
In part 3 of "steal these screenwriting secrets," we delve into marketing and query letters. In other words, these are screenwriting secrets to steal after you write and specifically related to crafting killer query letters.
Learn how to write successful queries for any genre of writing. In this post, we look at what elements go into a query letter and 39 real examples of query letters that have worked for writers with commentary from their agents.
If you’re feeling frustrated by the querying process, Scott Wilson suggests writing your query BEFORE writing your book.
Rachel Howzell Hall writes about how she coped with rejection while battling cancer—and ultimately found a publisher for her critically acclaimed Detective Elouise Norton series.
When approached one step at a time, the dreaded synopsis can become a trusted companion on your publishing journey. Ammi-Joan Paquette explains how to write a synopsis for any novel.
Wondering how to sell an essay? Writing a cover letter that's short and perfect to introduce your pages will sell a piece faster than submitting an excellent article or essay with an uninspired note.
If you want to make a living writing for your favorite publications, you need to perfect your freelance writing pitch. Here are a few things to keep in mind when pitching articles for magazines, newspapers and the web.
Debut author Jennieke Cohen shares the query letter for Dangerous Alliance that landed her an agent. Jennifer Unter shares her commentary on the query letter.
For a freelance writer who doesn’t have a query tracking system—or has the organizational skills of a bowling ball, like me—here is a simple spreadsheet to help you keep track.
Here's what you need to know when considering how long to wait before following up with a magazine editor.
Author Stephanie Elliot shares the query for her young adult novel Sad Perfect, and agent Adriann Ranta explains what made this query so successful.
When you are writing a book series and you're ready to query an agent, do you just pitch the first book or do you pitch the whole series? We have the answer here.
When you query a magazine editor, should you propose a word count for the article or let the editor decide? Here's what editors want you to do.
The best way to learn how to write a successful query is to read one. In this installment of Successful Queries, agent Julia Kenny (Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary) breaks down the query for Karen Harrington’s debut middle-grade novel, Sure Signs of Crazy (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) which received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and School Library Journal.
Do agencies really read every query letter? Do agents ever go through the slush pile? Get answers to what you’ve always wanted to know but have been afraid to ask, thanks to this leading literary agent who is willing to give it to you straight.
The best way to learn how to write a successful query is to read one. In this installment, agent Roseanne Wells (Marianne Strong Literary Agency) shares feedback on a query by her authors, Phil Edwards and Matt Kraft, for their book, Dumbemployed (Running Press).