Querying is a business letter, sent to an agent, to get you representation. Agents are people who find you markets to publish your finished books, make sure you put your best foot forward, and negotiate your contracts. Whether you’re new to querying your manuscript or just checking out how other people do it, here are my query resources, all in one place.
No matter what, remember rule #1 of traditional publishing: all money should flow TOWARD the author. (With Indie, you’ve got a few more expenses).
10 Querying Posts To Get You Started
- The 5 components of a Query Letter
- 9 Terms Every Querying Author Should Know
- They Want What? The Difference Between Blurbs, Queries, and Synopses
- Top 10 Tricks To Writing Better Query Letters
- Loglines vs Queries
- Getting an Agent: Querying in Batches
- The 10 Types of Queriers
- 7 Tips for Quick Query Rejections
- Querying Vs Submitting
- 4 Ways Querying A Novel Is Like A Religion
4 Posts About Agents
- What Good Is An Agent? Writers Share.
- How To Find An Agent For Your Novel
- Why You Should Consider An Agent If You’re Hoping To Publish Traditionally
- Agents and Publishers: Q&A
7 Ways To Deal With The Responses
- Problematic Publishing: Red Flags To Watch Out For
- Warning Signs For New and Indie Authors
- 13 Types of Responses Writers Get When Querying Agents
- What Does A Form Rejection Mean When Querying A Novel?
- How To Handle Rejection Letters
- 7 Ways Writers Handle Rejection
- Intro To Self Publishing
Querying & Publishing Links!
- Manuscript Wish List – what do Agents and Editors want?
- QueryTracker – Tracking who you’ve sent what to and when.
- Publisher’s Marketplace – All the agent bios and interviews
- Locus Magazine (SFF, shows which agents are making deals)
- Children’s Bookshelf – What it says
- AbsoluteWrite (be wary of trolls)
- Predators and Editors – Keep yourself safe
- The Submission Grinder (for short stories and poetry)